, how I love thee!
Thou truly art the John Galt of foodstuffs! (Although Ayn Rand would call you "grass"
and stuff her cigarette-hole with meat and chocolates instead, but a new generation of rational philosophers should know better).
Always just 99c a pound at a local supermarket here - cheaper than most other vegetables, and also tastier and a lot more nutritious!
I like to eat kale plain and raw, just munch on it like popcorn, but it can also be made into salads, soups, cooked side-dishes, etc, etc, etc. Cooking reduces some of its vitamins (i.e. C), but more than enough is left intact, and most vitamins and minerals survive the cooking process relatively unharmed. Of course you can juice it as well, mix in some lemon juice, etc. But, once you get used to it, raw is best.
You can munch on kale as much as you want and only lose weight. One pound contains
15g of protein - that's 26.4% of calories from protein, while a McDonald's Big Mac only has 20%! Kale has the highest-quality non-sugary carbs for lasting energy, very healthy fatty acids in small amounts, and of course plenty of fiber. One pound contains 1395% the daily dose of vitamin A, 907% the daily dose of vitamin C, 61% calcium, 43% iron, 58% potassium, 61% of vitamin B6, 39% magnesium, tons (3.7mg) of vitamin K, and dozens of other important micro-nutrients in less spectacular amounts. Needless to say, Kale is an antioxidant champion, a good source of carotenoids, helps prevent cancer
, helps repair cellular and DNA daname, has anti-inflammatory properties, etc. Kale also contains heroic amounts of lutein / zeaxanthin
, which we computer geeks badly need to make sure our eyes don't explode from strain by age 40!
Of all kale's virtues, perhaps the most relevant one is its agricultural efficiency and resilience in colder climates (like New Hampshire). It was the most common green vegetable in Northern Europe for centuries, and thrived very well in Canada in the 19th century. Kale freezes well, and actually tastes sweeter and more flavorful after being exposed to a frost. It's not exactly a calories-per-acre champ
, but it would rank very highly in yield efficiency for many micro-nutrients. With the advent of 21st century greenhouse and hydroponic technology, it is a perfect vegetable to focus on in small backyard growing operations.
(Yes, this thread is an ode to a leafy green vegetable, in direct answer to the "Bacon
" thread I see in my "unread replies" every time I visit here.
In conclusion... kale porn!
(PS: RIP to similar ode thread I once made to okra
on the FTL BBS, but those idiots deleted it...)