Purple kale is available year-round.
Selection and Storage
Choose kale with fresh, crisp, unwilted leaves. Avoid any that have yellowed or are slimy in appearance. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to five days. Prior to eating, wash thoroughly and remove tough stems.
Purple kale provides high amounts of vitamin A, C, K and B6 as well as calcium and iron. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, it helps to lower cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure. It also contains disease fighting phytochemicals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Purple kale can be cooked in a variety of ways, including steaming, sautéing, stir-frying and roasting. Its strong flavor works well with bold flavors like garlic and chili pepper. It is often used in soups, stews, casseroles and salads. The leaves are best when eaten raw or lightly cooked to preserve the nutritional value of its nutrients. Additionally, it makes an excellent addition to smoothies for added nutrition.
Purple kale can be used as a substitute for green kale in any recipe that calls for it such as soups, stir-fries and stews. It also makes an attractive garnish to a variety of dishes. Try tossing it with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese for a delicious side dish or add it to your favorite salad. Concord Foods makes an excellent kale dip that is perfect for parties and get-togethers. Lastly, purple kale can also be juiced for added nutrition and flavor.
Purple kale is an extremely nutritious vegetable that provides many health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps protect against cancer by neutralizing free radicals in the body, aids in digestive health, promotes healthy bones and teeth as well as healthy skin and hair due to its high levels of vitamins A, C & K. Additionally, it helps regulate cholesterol levels while providing a low calorie source of dietary fiber. Purple kale is also rich in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and protect the body from aging and disease.