Kale is very easy to grow, are high in nutritional properties, and when tried, many people love them. Kale greens can be used in so many ways in the kitchen that every garden should grow some.
There are many varieties of kale, different flavours, textures, colours, tolerances, and benefits. Some are best eaten raw in salads, others are better boiled, and baked. Here are some recommended varieties to grow: ‘Scarlett’, ‘Blue Curled Scotch’, ‘Dwarf Green Curled’, and ‘Red Russian’.
How To Grow Kale
Sow your kale indoors or out from early spring-early summer in cool-summer regions, in warm and hot summer regions, sow between late autumn-late winter. Kale is a cool-weather crop, and can tolerate temperatures as low as -6°C. If sowed indoors kale is usually transplanted outdoors when seedlings are 4-6 weeks old. when growing kale make sure that you harvest before temperatures exceed 26°C.
Sow kale 1cm deep, 3 inches apart in slightly acidic, rich, well-drained soil, with a pH of 5.5-6.8. Plant kale in full sun, if in hot summer regions, plant kale in partial shade, although this could result in a smaller harvest. For best tastes, grow in cool weather. Water regularly to sustain growth, try to keep the soil evenly moist. Fertiliser is optional, but if you want the best results, feed with an all-purpose fertiliser.
Nutrients And health benefits
Kale is rich in nutrients, they contain vitamins- A, K, C, B-6, B-1, B-2, and B-3. Minerals- Manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Kale is also loaded with powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol. In addition, it can help lower cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease, contain numerous cancer-fighting substances, and aids in weight loss.
How To Add To Your Diet
When tried for the first time, people tend to love kale, their amazing texture, and delicious taste, simply blows people away. if you’re wondering how you could add more kale into your diet, I will give you some examples. Add kale to your salads, make kale chips, throw them in your next soup, stuff them in your burgers. Try a greens smoothie, add to pasta, rice, noodles, etc.