Kale Green Curly
The standard Kale variety we usually find in the grocery store is a curled green variety. It is hardy and fibrous when fully mature, yet tender enough to be used as a raw salad green when young. The pale green stems are tough and should be removed, while the tightly curled leaves are chewy yet succulent. Kale has a earthy flavor with a nutty sweetness that is accentuated when cooked.
Kale is an incredibly versatile green considering its many forms and stages of harvest. Young sprouts add an earthy flavor to salad green mixes, while fully mature leaves may be steamed, braised, stewed, fried, sauteed, and even baked like a chip. This vegetable loves the combination of garlic, sesame, soy sauce and ginger. It is also great in hardy soups which contain smoked meats, potatoes, beans or barley. Other flavor affinities include, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, red pepper flake, nutmeg, shallots, onion, tomato, sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, Parmesan, cream, roasted meats, chorizo sausage, pancetta and chicken.