Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Kale is a true super food rich in carontenoids and flavonoids, which are two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals and are reported to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous cells.
Kale produces tasty, nutritious leaves, very winter-hardy, the colour intensifies after first frost and is an excellent source of both vitamin A and vitamin C.
My Kale Experiment:
The Kale seeds were sowed outdoor in an open green house in May. Tiny plants soon sprouted, already with a tint of purple on the leaves. As soon as the plants started getting bigger, I have moved them into a larger pot outside.
As Kale loves a cooler weather, the plants grew fast but not as tall as they should be so maybe the seeds were of a dwarf variety, this was not mentioned by the retailer. As soon as the leaves were a bit bigger, were picked as baby leaves for salads but mostly used to make smoothies.
Apparently, the Kale gets more purple the colder it is so my lot of Kale was still pretty much green with hints of purple because the weather was ok, not too cold. The leaves are pretty crunchy and thick and quite hard in salads.
They looked lovely holding the tiny rain drops almost every morning 🙂
And this is as big as the plants got, enough to pick up a handful every other day for smoothies.
Kale plants do get attacked by so many pests, probably even the pests know their health benefits! It was aphids, some small green worms that would turn the leaves into strainers, slugs…. I had to check the plants every few days and get rid of whatever was on them at the time.
Slugs and snails were the easiest to avoid by raising the pots from the ground, otherwise, overnight, would have been a feast for the pests.
The Kale plants were less productive at the end of July and slowly stopped making new leaves so they were all discarded at the beginning of August and a new lot of seeds are to be sowed, this time a mixture of more varieties of Kale.