Popular among the greeneries, kale is known for its nutrition and ranked as the highest leafy greens which have protein on it. The high amount of fiber, antioxidants, and carotenoids make kale become one of the favorite greeneries in the diet. Fun fact, kale has more vitamin C than an orange, the study showed that there is at least 134% vitamin C on kale while medium orange only has 113% vitamin C on it. Whether eaten raw or processed, kale has a delightful taste and texture that you cannot ever get bored to have it during your mealtime.
How Many Types of Kale?
There are many kinds of kale that commonly find and it has different characteristics and texture. The first on the list is curly kale which is best to be cooked than munched as raw because it has a hearty texture. The curly kale has tiny ridges on the edge and it makes every flavors and sauce stick well on it. Add some curly kale to your pasta and it will turn out great.
The second kale that you need to know is the Red Kale which has almost of the Curly Kale characteristics but slightly different. And the only differentiation between the curly and the red one is the color, overall they are the same in texture and shape.
Last but not least kale is Tuscan Kale which best to have it as raw veggies. It less curly and the texture is more tender in so many ways than the other two.
How To Pick The Best Kale?
If you are trying to figuring out what is the best kale to pick in the market or garden, then the dark-colored one is the best. Like other leafy greens, kale also best to pick when it has less brown and yellow spots.
How To Store Kale?
Like any other leafy greens, storing kale is not required special treatment. The key to storing it well is to keep it away from moisture because the more it moisture the more kale getting bad faster. You only need to wrap the unwashed kale in paper towels and place it in a ziplock bag, your kale will mostly good for 5 up to 7 days on the fridge.
Besides, if you want to store it any longer, put them in the freezer by wash and dry it first. Do not forget to remove the thick ribs and chope the leaves before putting them in an airtight container.
(*pro tip: You can directly add it to your veggies food or processed it to become smoothies without melted it down first)
On the other hand, if you are so in love with fermented veggies, you can run the fermentation process on kale. But, it may only work for the young kale because the old one has a more bitter taste on it.
How To Prepare Kale?
Since the stem has a bitter taste, you need to remove it before you toss it into your soup. Wash the kale thoroughly and massage them in the middle of washing to make it more tender to eat.