In this tough world of ours, try a little tenderness. Try kale. It’s the leafy green everyone’s talking about but no one seems to eat. Often dismissed as fibrous and bitter, kale turns supple and sweet with a little hands-on participation.
When someone rubs your shoulders, you let go and relax and start to feel good. The same trick works for kale. Drizzle a little oil into your hands and gently rub it into the leaves. The warmth and pressure of your hands work their magic, and after a minute or two, the kale will turn bright and pliable.
Dress and refrigerate it for at least half an hour. Your kale will stay pert and perky till you’re ready to eat. I’d like to see a lettuce salad sit around without going brown and limp.
Kale comes in half a dozen vibrant varietals including curly green, red Russian and black, fresh and in season at South Florida farmers markets. They all come fully loaded with calcium, iron, antioxidants and plant sterols, the natural fibers which can help lower cholesterol. Kale contains so much vitamin A, C and K, the vitamins practically burst from the leaves. You just need to show it a little tenderness.