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FRESH LACINATO KALE

each bundle ca. 300g
tuscan kale

tuscan kale

Our Kale is grown at our certified organic farm following our formula for a perfect kale... finest seeds, potent soil, touch of sunlight, exact dosage of pure water and lots of care by our skilled farmers...


Also known as Tuscan kale,  dinosaur kale, black kale, or cavolo nero - is a very hearty cooking green with dark green leaves and lots of earthy, nutty flavors. The leaves are so hearty that even when well cooked they retain a wonderful firm texture.

Dinosaur kale dates to the 18th century in Italy.

It is popular among gardeners because of its color and texture, and was listed amongst the plants Thomas Jefferson recorded in his 1777 garden at Monticello.  The plant grows to a height of two feet, with blistered leaves often over one foot in length each and two to four inches wide.


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Preparation Tips

Store dino kale loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge. As with other ground grown vegetables, it should be washed thoroughly in clean running water.

Additionally you can swish it in saline water for about 10-15 minutes in order to remove soil, dirt and any fungicide/insecticide residues.

Dino kale is particularly well suited to braising in a bit of broth. In Campanian cuisine, anchovies are often added and it is commonly used in pastas and soups. In Tuscan cuisine, dinosaur kale is often used in ribollita ("twice cooked"), a thick, hearty soup made up of ingredients cooked for a meal the day before. 

You can also simply blanch it in boiling water, then sauté it in olive oil with garlic and a chili or two, if you like. 

A sprinkle of salt and a squirt of lemon are nice, too.

Health benefits of Kale (borecole)

Kale is a very versatile and nutritious green leafy vegetable. It is a widely popular vegetable since ancient Greek and Roman times for its low fat, no cholesterol but health benefiting anti-oxidant properties.

Kale, like other members of the Brassica family, contains health-promoting phytochemicals, sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol that appear to protect against prostate and colon cancers.

Di-indolyl-methane (DIM), a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol is an effective immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent through its action of potentiating "Interferon-Gamma" receptors.

Borecole is very rich source of ß-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These flavonoids have strong anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.

Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. Thus, it helps prevent retinal detachment and offer protection against "age-related macular degeneration related macular degeneration disease" (ARMD) in the elderly.

It is very rich in vitamin A, 100 g leaves provide 512% of RDA. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Foods rich in this vitamin are known to offer protection against lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 700% of recommended intake. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

100 g of fresh leaves contain 120 mg or 200% of daily-recommended levels of vitamin C. Scottish curly leaf variety yet has more of this vitamin, 130 mg/100g. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

This leafy vegetable is notably good in many B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc., that are essential for substrate metabolism in the body.

It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for cellular oxidation and red blood cell formation.

Kale provides rich nutrition ingredients that offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.