It's Kale Season!
Farmers market season has officially started! Kale is one of the vegetables currently in season and it happens to be an ONIE favorite! Kale is high in vitamins A and C and is a great way to give a new twist on traditional greens. Below we have all the info on how to select, store and cook with kale.
When selecting kale choose moist, firm, and dark colored bunches. Look for bunches with small or medium leaves. You can use kale with large leaves, but remember to cook them before you eat them! Avoid bunches that are wilted, blemished and yellow or brown in color.
Kale is in season in Oklahoma during April and May. You can find kale at your local farmers market. Click here for a link to different SNAP accepting markets.
Kale can be stored in either the fridge or freezer. When storing kale in the fridge make sure to keep it in a sealed plastic bag. Do not wash your kale until you are ready to use it.
When freezing kale wash it carefully and cut off the woody stems. Place your kale in boiling water for 2 minutes and then chill it under cold running water. Drain the water from your kale and pat it down until dry. Place your kale in freezer bags or airtight containers. Freeze immediately. Kale will keep in the freezer for up to 10 months.
Cooking with Kale:
Kale can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Try it raw, baked, roasted, or sautéed. Check out some of these great ONIE recipes for new and tasty ways to enjoy kale!