Vegetable of the month – Curly KALE
Of all the brassicas I’ve trialled growing over the years curly Kale is a favourite. Not only because it is so meaty, robust and healthy to eat but it has also for the past 12 years survived deer, pigeon, squirrel, caterpillar attacks and it’s neglectful carers.
Our sandy and dry soil at the Alpha Road Alloment, Woking also provides the perfect conditions for it to grow. In our early enthusiastic years we grew brussel sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and more brassicas. However, these need netting, staking, feeding, collars and more and now that we no longer live in walking distance we’ve gone for ease over variety.
Today, an excited urge to visit and view the frosty allotment whilst my family slept on resulted in a good hair cut for a frosty and bushy kale plant. Polar beetroot balls and icy leeks were also forked and heaved out of the soil. Visiting my Sicilian neighbours chickens warmed my hands slightly, as we sprinkled them Christmas leftovers and chatted about the weather.
The kale defrosted on the way home and I’ve made a simple made up kale salad –
- threw away the tough stalks
- chopped and crushed by hand the leaves to release the fragrance
- toasted a handful or so of walnuts
- chopped feta
- spooned over cider vinegar, olive oil and pepper
More here on the health benefits
There will be regrowth from the leaves I’ve picked for more trimming soon, and I’ll plant new seeds in the Spring or cheat and buy plug plants from ebay.
To Kale or Not to Kale.
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