Michigan is home to a growing kale industry with more producers seeing the value of and demand for this green “super food.” New ways of incorporating kale into nutritious meals and snacks have elevated the green leafy vegetable from a garnish on your shrimp cocktail to one of the most popular products sold at farmers markets. Kale’s versatility allows it to easily be integrated into your institution’s food service operation as a delicious side dish or added to a hearty soup or stew or refreshing salad.
- Kale is a cool-season crop, hardy to frosts and light freezes.
- One serving of kale provides more than three-quarters of the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C.
- Kale is rich in carotenes that may protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.
- One cup of kale contains significant amounts of vitamins A, C, K and B6, and the minerals potassium, calcium, iron and manganese.
- Fresh kale should be stored in a plastic bag in the coldest part of the fridge or cooler and can last for up to a week.