Magazine article Work & Family Life

Kale Is Trending in the World of Vegetables

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Kale Is Trending in the World of Vegetables

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It's everywhere these days-from upscale markets to restaurants to beach-side cafes. We're seeing kale salads, smoothies, dips, chips and crackers. Searches for kale recipes have quadrupled in the last couple of years, according to Google Trends.

Kale is a leafy relative of broccoli and Brussels sprouts that is high in calcium, vitamin K, beta carotene, potassium, fiber and iron, among other nutrients. A cup of cooked kale has just 35 calories, but it supplies 80 percent of the RDA of vitamin C.

There are several types of kale. The most popular, bright green curly kale, is mildly bitter. Dark green "dino" kale has smoother, spear-like leaves and a nutty taste. Russian kale is reddish-purple and has a sweet, peppery flavor.

Here are some kale cuisine tips from the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter:

Kale is available throughout the year. …

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