Challenge: Textures VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AIS
Location: New Brighton, MN
Date: Apr 5, 2009
Galleries: Floral, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2009
|Brassica oleracea Acephala Group
Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties, and it is an anti-inflammatory. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. The ornamental varieties are just as edible as all other kale varieties.
In 1929, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent Howard Dorsett to China and Japan in search of new plants. One of his introductions was the ornamental kales from Japan. The plants first appeared in seed catalogs in 1936, giving us a new item for the fall garden.
Kale is the Scottish name. Itís adapted from the Roman name cole. This ancient vegetable has been grown for at least 4000 years.
Kale made its way to China, probably by the 4th century, where it and several relatives became a staple of the Chinese diet. The plants eventually made their way to Japan where ornamental leaf types were selected. They became popular in gardens after the 17th century.
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