Last year I tried kale for the first time. I didn't like it.
But I decided to give it a second chance.
Turns out that kale was an extremely popular veggie until the Middle Ages in Europe. Kale was easy to grow and could withstand cold temperatures, making it quite useful. It's one of the many varieties of cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Other varieties you might be familiar with include broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussel sprouts.
I decided I would try kale the same way as I had the first time: kale chips. I found an easy recipe on Allrecipes.com. Basically you take one bunch of clean kale, cut (or rip) it into small pieces and put on a baking sheet, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle a teaspoon of salt, then bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. This is what you get:
I would eat it, but I still had the big question: would my kids eat it? Time for the test.
She's trying to decide if she likes it or not.
I call that a win. I have to admit that the kids liked the other vegetable I put on the same baking sheet with the kale quite a bit better:
Neither cauliflower nor kale will probably ever be my favorite vegetable, but it's nice to know that we'll eat them once in awhile. Besides, kale is eaten worldwide: in addition to still being a favorite in parts of Europe (Germany holds kale festivals and crowns kale kings and queens), it is eaten in eastern and southeastern Africa and drunk as a kale juice in Japan.
Have you tried kale? If you have, what did you think?