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Well, there is no doubt that spring is really with us now and the fantastic produce in the boxes this week really reflects that! As far as fruit goes, the oranges are still wonderfully juicy and lovely and my youngest leapt upon the kiwi fruit with glee – they are the perfect size for the lunchbox.
If you buy the large box you are likely to find some Red Russian Kale in it. According to the UK website for this attractive leafy green, this is the green vegetable that kids will love as it’s flavour is sweet, both when it is young and tender and when it is more mature, unlike other kales which tend to be a little bitter. Kale is a descendant of wild cabbage and was a significant crop both in ancient Rome and in Europe where it was one of the most common green vegetables up until the Middle Ages. It is highly nutritious, being rich in Vitamins A, C and K, with high levels of both beta carotene and calcium. If you are interested in reading more about the health benefits of kale have a look here.
Kale will keep in the fridge for up to five days, but will gradually lose it’s sweetness and become more bitter, the longer it is kept. It can be used in the same way as either spinach or cabbage and the younger leaves are perfect in a mixed green salad. Alternatively, try chopping it roughly, quickly sautéing it with some garlic in good olive oil and serving it with some balsamic vinegar tossed through it and some crisp fried bacon crumbled on top. If looking for a vegetarian option, sprinkle with some toasted pine nuts or walnuts instead.