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Kale: International Green Of Mystery

I defer to no one in my love for kale, especially the gentle lacinato variety. One of the most delicious things ever is a chopped lacinato kale salad, dressed with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt. It’s not only good, but good for you. Really good. From the WaPo:

Turns out there’s quite a bit of science behind this super food hype: “Kale is rich in so many different things,” says registered dietitian and nutritionist Cheryl Harris, of Harris Whole Health in Fairfax, who notes that the cruciferous veggie — which is in the Brassica family, along with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage — is an excellent, potent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids, and that’s just to start. Research has also shown that kale contains 45 — count ’em, 45 — different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

“Any vegetable that has a very deep color the way kale does, that means there is a high concentration of nutrients, and that translates into a range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body,” says Deirdre Orceyre, a naturopathic physician at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center.

A right-thinking American expat in Paris is serving as a missionary for kale to the French:

I’m Kristen and j’adore la kale. When I moved to Paris in September 2011, I was devastated to discover that kale does not exist in France. To the point where it was all I could talk about and to the point where everyone became so aware of my [healthy] obsession with the vegetable that I would be sent every photo possible of kale in Whole Foods or the newest kale dish at a restaurant. I was jealous.

Then I realized I was not the only person in Paris (or France for that matter), that also craves the Queen of leafy-greens. So I decided that instead of complaining about the lack of kale, I would find a way to have kale in Paris.

So I launched The Kale Project to bring my favorite food to the City of Lights.

Kristen’s got the raw kale salad thing down pat. Above, from a kale menu at Paris’s Franco-American restaurant Verjus. Must try to make it by there next month.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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