Smart, food-savvy NH people have the scoop on kale, the 'super food'
At Blue Bell Greenhouse in Lee, Yuda Daskal said kale can survive New Hampshire's tough growing season when other plants wither. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
Well, if you ask Annie Steeves, leader of the University of New Hampshire Real Food Challenge Campaign and student ambassador to the Food Systems Task Force at the UNH Sustainability Institute, the answer is kale.
Kale, which belongs to the same family as broccoli, is a hearty green that’s been around for a very long time but has in recent years caught the attention of those looking for fresh, local produce that provides a big nutritional bang for the buck.
Steeves said that many people turn their backs on kale because the green is so tough when it’s fresh, but there are ways to beat the toughness.
But to get mature kale into shape for being eaten raw, all the green needs is a little bit of love.
John Moulton, owner of Moulton Farm in Meredith, said the green is increasing in popularity and the customers at his market bake it into kale chips, use it for soup, toss it in the juicer or eat it fresh.
Yuda Daskal, owner of Blue Bell Greenhouse in Lee, said kale can go in the ground in early spring and will keep growing through the fall, yielding plenty of greens (both young and mature) to go around.
Like all superheroes, kale has had its share of controversy, including a lawsuit between a Vermont farmer and fast-food giant Chick-fil-A. Several years ago, Bo Muller-Moore started slapping the slogan “Eat More Kale” onto T-shirts and bumper stickers to bring attention to the neglected green. But his slogan may have run afoul of copyright laws because it’s close to Chick-fil-A’s slogan, “Eat Mor Chikin.” The courts are now in the process of deciding who owns the words “Eat More...”