Kale is the new wonder vegetable that's now a must on any trend-setter’s dinner table. It’s a superfood that offers huge nutritional benefits and in the US now, there’s even a National Kale Day (October 1, 2014).
So for those not yet initiated into enjoying this wonderful veg – what does it taste like?
Well, it’s similar to spinach or silverbeet but has a milder, less bitter taste and a firmer texture. There are quite a few varieties but curly kale and cavalo nero (a more tender version) are commonly found in New Zealand. It’s also easy to grow and is one of those plants that keeps on giving.
For mums everywhere the most pertinent question is, “How can I get my children to eat it?”
Baked in pies, quiches or lasagnes might make for a good introduction but below is a very quick and easy recipe that could well tempt your kids into trying it.
1. Preheat the oven to 150deg C.
2. Wash a bunch of kale leaves and then dry them as well as you can.
3. Cut out the central stem of each leaf and cut into 5cm segments.
4. Toss pieces in a bowl with 1-2Tbs of olive oil.
5. Lie pieces on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt.
6. Bake them in the oven for around 10 minutes but watch carefully – you want them crispy but not burnt.
7. Cool and eat.