Curly leafed kale is a popular leafy green vegetable belonging to the cabbage family. Curly leafed kale, characterized by its ruffled or frilly leaves, is one of the most common varieties of kale cultivated for its edible leaves. Curly kale has a vibrant and peppery flavor with a subtle bitterness that creates a well-balanced flavor profile. It can be enjoyed in various culinary preparations, ranging from salads and stir-fries to soups and smoothies.
Kale is particularly well-known for its exceptional nutrient density and has earned a reputation of being a superfood. It serves as an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including: vitamins A, K, and B6, calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Despite its numerous health benefits, kale's stems tend to be tough and fibrous, which can make them less enjoyable to eat. As a result, it is often recommended to remove and discard the stems before using kale in recipes. This allows for a more enjoyable culinary experience, focusing on the tender and flavorful leaves.