There is certainly no demistification necessary when it comes to my adoration of kale. It simply is delicious in any and every way.
I have to admit, I have backed off my consumption these days, in favor of more seasonal produce. But, now that fall is here and the cool weather has arrived, I plan to boost my intake of the leafy green yet again.
I will always appreciate the commentary and lovingly teases of friends and family in regard to my kale consumption. And, I know that the remarks I receive are particularly heartfelt when some of those friends send articles just like this my way.
A smile and a few chuckles later, I am simply delighted to read about the worldwide fascination and spread of this “curly headless cabbage.”
Kristen Beddard, an American Kale Crusader, has found herself in France, spreading the good “kale” word.
She has created The Kale Project – an entrepreneurial plan grown from the fact that she “just couldn’t get past the fact that the French did not grow a cabbage as ancient as kale.” Brilliant! If I ever find myself jobless in France, I now have an occupational inspiration.
Regardless of how much Kristen’s story thrills me, my very favorite parts of this tale include:
- The French cannot even agree on what to call it [kale]. There are at least five terms for kale, and the technical name, chou frisé non-pommé, translates unappetizingly as “curly headless cabbage.”
- Kristen wanted to create a “kale community.” “My mission is to make kale as common as lettuce.”
- There actually does exist a woman in France with the delightful name I’ve only ever associated with Harry Potter: “The first farmer to embrace her project was Hermione Boehrer, who has started growing organic baby kale and selling it for 25 euros a kilogram (about $15 a pound) every Sunday at the outdoor organic food market.” Oh, and it sure is great that Hermione sells out every week!
I feel blessed and lucky that I have been introduced to kale, developed a palate and a love, and that I can learn, laugh, and perhaps, at times, languish in my enthusiasm for the leafy green.