November Vegetable of the Month: Kale

  Stalks of lacinto kale (also known as dino or Tuscan kale) ready to be harvested.

Stalks of lacinto kale (also known as dino or Tuscan kale) ready to be harvested.

FUN FACTS:

  • Until its surge in popularity in 2013, the largest consumer of kale in the United States was Pizza Hut, which used kale to decorate its salad bars

  • Kale was very popular in Europe during the Middle Ages and Roman Empire 

  • There are more than 50 varieties of the kale plant

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Kale is chock-filled with vitamin C, with twice as much of the nutrient as an orange per gram

  • Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a omega-3 fatty acid that boosts brain health, reduces Type 2 diabetes risk, and improves heart health

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