What is your experience with Kale?

United States
February 19, 2013 4:37pm CST
Kale has a lot of amazing benefits. I had heard of it before, but never actually bought it. After my husband insisted we try some, we did. We added it to salad, we sauted it, I even made some amazing omelets with it. I was surprised how well it went with everything, and it did not taste as I expected. It made the salad look even more appealing. My two year old even ate it, and seemed to like it. Have you ever cooked kale? How have you prepared it?
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@much2say (40452)
• United States
20 Feb 13
I "discovered" kale when we went on a field trip to Whole Foods when my daughter was going to a Mommy and Me class. Our teacher talked about making her chicken soup, her comfort food, and how she adds kale to it. But I didn't actually try it until about last year. Oh yum! I added to my vegetable list in my chicken veggie soup - and it went quite well with it! So now I just crave that taste - and yah, they say it's quite nutritious!
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• United States
20 Feb 13
I think that is why I liked the taste so much, so healthy. I generally run low in the iron department, often finding a fond flavor in things that are rich in it.
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• Canada
20 Feb 13
Kale...a super food in my diet! Love, love and JUST love it! Living in the Pacific Northwest, a bit colder climes...Kale, in it's MANY, many species grows all thru the winter...even peeking out thru the snow. I have one garden plot, just dedicated to kale as I use it in everything...fresh, cooked, steamed, sauted and baked! One of my favs...a "potato chip" replacement! Wash, dry..spread on cookie sheet, add your favourite spices (sprinkle on)and bake in a very slow oven, til crisp! A chip that is good for you! I have so many species of Kale in my garden, and it grows in every hue, basically of the rainbow (exaggerating a bit there)...but it can be frilly..and there is even peppery varieties..too! A marvelous food, and for me, available all year, except in the HOT dog days of summer! But have now allocated a shade garden for summer sustenance! Dig in...girls!
• United States
21 Feb 13
I am going to have to try making the chips. That sounds interesting. I never thought to look for different species. I just saw the one type at my market. Green and really leafy woth thick stems.
• United States
19 Feb 13
Wow, I'm sure glad you made this discussion. I just saw a cooking program a couple of days ago, and they were using Kale. I thought about getting some next time I go shopping just to check it out. So you like it..that's nice to know. I have no idea what it tastes like, but I do love any type of vegetables...well, not Okra, lol! Otherwise, it sure sounded like I would really enjoy it. Does it taste like anything else?
• Mexico
20 Feb 13
kale is a wonder green leaf food like spinich it is blanched much like spinich and does a bit of an after taste but is not that bad
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• United States
20 Feb 13
I found it had a nice, crisp yet midly sweet taste when I used it in salad. When sauted, it tasted a little more bitter. In the eggs, with cheese and other veggies, it tasted like spinach, to us.
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• United States
20 Feb 13
Thanks to both of you...I will be sure to try it. I love spinach and swiss chard, so this might be another perfect leafy green vegie for me. I remember something about it on a cooking show, and I believe they said not to overcook it because it would become bitter, at least I'm pretty sure they were talking about Kale. Thanks again, I appreciate it!
@pomwango (1355)
• Kenya
20 Feb 13
kale is a major vegetable in my country and since its also cheap thats what most people eat with a meal of maize flour.the best way to cook it is to slice it into very thin strips and cook in oil,onions and tomatoes and season with spice that go well in vegetables.its very sweet and also a good meal to cleanse the stomach since it has lots of roughage.
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• United States
21 Feb 13
I like how well I am able to saute it, with almost anything. I never knew how long it had been used until a little while ago.
@marguicha (103691)
• Chile
20 Feb 13
I have kale in my vegetable garden so I use it in every possible way as it is free. I eat if raw and cooked in salads, I make soups and creams (a leek and cream or milk makes it awesome)I make omelettes, puddings, thicker creams for a side dish with meat. I could go on forever. YUMMY!!!
• United States
20 Feb 13
I am going to start a garden, though I have never had much luck before. Is kale easy to grow?
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@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
19 Feb 13
Kale is from the cabbage family. Many say its good for you. Ive never eaten it here.
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• United States
20 Feb 13
I had never even seen it for sale until I sought it out. I had heard of it, but never knew much about it.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
22 Feb 13
Only time I ever used Kale was when I had 3 bunny rabbits as pets. They LOVED kale! More than lettuce or hay! But it was a bit expensive so they only got it a few times a week! Never cooked it, just raw to them!
• United States
23 Feb 13
If we get a bunny in the future, I will be sure to share some with them.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
20 Feb 13
I tried making kale chips once, and they were okay, but not as good as everyone made them sound. Now I just saute it with some olive oil and garlic, and it is very nice.
• United States
21 Feb 13
I have never heard of kale chips, that sounds interesting.