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Updated: 12/19/2013 08:00:03AM

Growing culinary and ornamental kale

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Kale is probably one of the most nutritious greens. Steaming kale helps release the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anticancer compounds and makes them more readily available. With 7 grams of fiber per 100 calories, kale is a good source of fiber. Kale can also provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits.

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Kale is an easy cool-season crop. It will thrive in full sun to half shade. Kale may be seeded or transplanted September through March, but best results will be during the coolest months.

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Kale is probably one of the most nutritious greens. There are varieties of kale grown for culinary use, and others grown as ornamentals. Both are known as Brassica oleracea. The frilly leaves of both are often used as garnish, but kale is such a super food, it should be a regular part of your diet.

The American Cancer Society recommends increasing intake of kale, cabbage and other brassicas. Steaming kale helps release the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer compounds and makes them more readily available. With 7 grams of fiber per 100 calories, kale is a good source of fiber. Kale can also provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits.

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