Kale has become increasingly popular as more information comes to light about its numerous health benefits. There are several mainstream types of kale, each with a different taste and texture.
My name is Sarah and I’m guest blogging over here at Fit and Awesome while the ever so awesome Lindsay is adventuring on the other side of the planet!
As the name suggests, curly kale has a lot of ridges, making it a big, fluffy bunch of green leaves. This is the most commonly found kale in grocery stores. I recommend ripping it into smaller pieces before preparing to make it easier to handle, instead of trying to cut with a knife. Curly kale can have a slightly bitter, peppery taste; much of this taste will cook out depending on how you prepare it. There are many kale recipes featuring curly kale, as it is a flexible, dynamic vegetable.
Lacinato aka Dino Kale
Lacinato Kale aka Dino Kale has a broad, pebbled, flat leaf (especially when compared to curly kale) and is a darker green. It honestly looks more related to collard greens than curly kale, in my opinion! The two greens are related (in the same plant family), so it makes sense that they look alike. I happen to prefer the taste and texture of Dino Kale a lot more than curly kale. It is also less bitter than curly kale.
Kale also comes in other variants that can range from purples, reds and blue-greens.
- Spicy Kale Chips
- Paleo Stuffed Peppers
- Paleo Meatloaf
- Sesame Seed Kale Salad
- Mixed Salad with Kale
- Integrating kale with Thanksgiving
Here are a two kale recipes on my site, LowCarbKitty.com:
You can also use kale for juicing and smoothies! What is your favorite uses for kale?