Did you know that right now there is a worldwide Kale shortage?
Apparently the world is eating so much Kale that suppliers are finding it hard to keep up with demand.
There’s no shortage of it at the moment in my garden as it is FULL of Kale and purely for the one reason that it is just so easy to grow during the cooler months.
If you are a dedicated gardener and grow all your produce from seed you have missed the opportunity to grow Kale this year. To seed Kale, it needs to be in at the latest towards the end of Summer. The ground will just be too cold or too wet for those little seeds to germinate and flourish now.
For me, it’s all about convenience and pure gardening laziness; I buy my Kale by the punnet. All it needs is some well-drained compost to go into, full sun (well, as much sun as there is about during the cooler months), regular watering and room to grow… Kale that doesn’t get enough water will turn out to be bitter and have a sharp aftertaste (like most Brassica family veggies), so keep those roots well watered – even through the rainy months.
Last year I grew good ol’ Curly Kale and this year it’s all about Black Kale (or Nero Di Toscana) and for a garden nerd like me, just watching it grow is just too cool for school. See here for a list of Kale varieties.
Kale is classified as one of those funky ‘superfoods‘ because of it is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, is a great antioxidant and is proven to lower cholesterol. If it’s so good to eat and so easy to grow, why don’t you grow some yourself?
Around here we use most of our Kale in daily smoothies. It doesn’t have a strong taste – only a vibrant green colour and is great combined with some almond milk and what ever fruit you have in the fridge / freezer.
For Kale recipes, look no further than Taste and Matt Preston for some ideas.
Go buy a punnet and plant it today…