Flowering Kale and Icelandic Poppies

| 3/31/2012 4:12:10 PM

A photo of Shannon SaiaI was walking to the building where I work this past week when I passed a flower bed that drew my attention. I paused for a moment, and thought, oh – of course! That’s ornamental cabbage. Not because of the green and purple ruffled leaves, but because of the tall stalk growing up out of it and beginning to reveal its tiny yellow flowers. It looked an awful lot like this: 



 kale bolting

This is my kale, which I have overwintered, by which I mean I did absolutely nothing to it all winter and, as it was unseasonably mild, it just continued to grow. The main reason I left it there when I started working on clearing my garden space of grass (once and for all, I swear!) was because it was growing there in a nice block which left no room for grass or weeds to grow, so I thought, why pull it up? It’s doing a job for me. Every once in awhile I would go outside and cut myself some, and throw it in the juicer with a couple of apples. Sometimes I made a smoothie with that juice, adding it to yogurt, banana and frozen peaches in the blender. Never, in a million years, could I possibly eat all of this kale. 

Don’t get me wrong – I like kale – just not this particular variety. I prefer dinosaur kale, or any of the smaller-leafed kales, which are awesome for salads. You can cut it fresh, wash it, and wilt it ever so slightly with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic and sea salt. You can’t imagine how good this is. It makes me salivate just thinking about it. 

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