Five interesting things about kale

October 3, 2018

A devoted day

National Kale Day is celebrated on Oct. 3 of each year. Are you ready to enjoy some on Wednesday?

Clearly healthy for you

Besides being a good source of fiber (which Americans are bad at eating enough of), kale has more vitamin C than an orange.

Growing in popularity

Between 2007 and 2012, farmers started producing 60 percent more kale per year. In 2014, a major kale seed supplier in the Netherlands ran out of its stock of kale seeds of every variety, prompting fears of a shortage.

Not a new phenomenon

Kale is popular now, but people have been growing this food for more than 2,000 years. Popular in Europe during Roman times and the Middle Ages, it arrived in the U.S. in the 17th century.

Let if frost first

For the best flavor, kale must be harvested after the first frost. This ensures that some of the starches have turned into sugars.

Sources: mentalfloss.com, webmd.com

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