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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 17th Aug 05, 5:58 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 5:58 PM
    Well it's either a cabbage type thing or it's a lettuce type thing...

    What does a bit of raw leaf taste like?

    Edit: Curly Kale?
    Last edited by squeaky; 17-08-2005 at 6:01 PM.
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    • chickadee
    • By chickadee 17th Aug 05, 6:01 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:01 PM
    Or it could be a chard type thing.... :confused:
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    • tru
    • By tru 17th Aug 05, 6:07 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:07 PM
    I had some lettuce growing in my garden, looks like competitionscafe's pic.
  • bluemoon
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:11 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:11 PM
    Looks like kale to me.
  • miacat
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:12 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:12 PM
    hi this is a curly-leaved kale. there are quite a few varieties. suitable for freezing apparently. tastes bitter, but rich in iron and vit c. cook in a small amount of water, about 8 mins after discarding any old leaves and midribs and washing it thoroughly. hope this helps!
    • Mr Proctalgia
    • By Mr Proctalgia 17th Aug 05, 6:17 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:17 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:17 PM
    Its Brassica oleracea - Red Curly Kale see:-

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/images/orn_veg/sm_images/Red%2520Bor%2520Image.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/crop/ornveg/red_bor2.htm&h=200&w=339&sz=60&tbnid=ecVR8QuC6AYJ: &tbnh=67&tbnw=115&hl=en&start=6&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2Bred%2Bcurly%2Bkale%26svnum%3D100%2 6hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG
  • competitionscafe
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:20 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:20 PM
    Aah mystery solved - many thanks for all the replies. There is a huge bag of it - so will probably freeze some - do I need to cook it first?
  • miacat
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:28 PM
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    • 17th Aug 05, 6:28 PM
    to freeze,blanch for 1 min, cool and drain thoroughly. chop and then pack into polythene bags.
  • competitionscafe
    Cheers, will do that. Speaking of leaves I tried this last week (recipe from full on food) - would highly recommend it, it tastes a lot better than it looks!
    (and it's a great way to use up those 'rabbit food' green salad leaves that come in your box, mine always come with an orange flower in the bag too - why?!)



    Couscous salad with feta, Kalamata olives, broad beans, peas and mint.
    Recipe:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/couscoussaladwithfet_74884.shtml

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  • miacat
    um.. that salad sounds nice and i love olives. guess ill have to try this. I,ve never had a veg box delivery, but am on the lookout to try one.as for the flower?
  • competitionscafe
    hi this is a curly-leaved kale. there are quite a few varieties. suitable for freezing apparently. tastes bitter, but rich in iron and vit c.
    by miacat
    Well I am glad it's good for me because you are right about it being bitter!
    I had some for my dinner but I can't say that it's going to become one of my favourite vegetables, it's okay, doesn't really taste of much except that slight bitterness. I really like spinach and thought the kale might be similar to spinach but it's not.
    • se999
    • By se999 17th Aug 05, 10:01 PM
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    It's a bit like todays perpetual spinach thread, you know it's good for you, but recipes to hide little bits/bulking out things may be the best way to go.

    Sorry but to me kale has always been like very tough spring cabbage, but admittedly in your case very exotic very tough spring cabbage

    I'd tried to identify it too and eliminated rhubard chard, and russian red kale and the final solution as too blue!! But I loved the Unidentified Organic Objects hunt
    • Swan
    • By Swan 17th Aug 05, 10:15 PM
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    kale is really nice chopped & added to traditional lentil or veg soups, towards the end of the cooking
  • filigree
    Some flowers are edible, that may be what's in the salad bag. I would guess it's nasturtium or courgette flower, perhaps you need to post another picture

    Good luck with the kale, it's supposed to be mega nutritious. Shame I can't stand it
  • Slothy
    I love Curly Kale, here's my fave recipe for it:

    1 to 1.5kg Curly Kale
    1.5kg potatoes
    Smoked Sausage
    1 to 1.5dl milk
    salt, pepper
    4 tbsp butter (or margerine)

    Peel and dice the potatoes. Remove the stalks from the curly kale and cut it very fine (this can be a pain, a quick go in the food processor can chop it up too).

    Take a big pan (the bigger the better). Add water until you have about 2cm (1inch) of water in the bottom of your pan. Add the Curly Kale to the pan with some salt and let simmer for 10 mins with a lid on the pan. Add the potatoes on top and simmer for another 20 minutes. You can heat the smoked sausage in another pan, or place it on top of the potatoes.

    When the potatoes are done, drain the liquid from pan (but keep some for later). Mash the potatoes and curly kale together, adding the butter and milk. If the mixture is too dry, you can add some of the cooking water back until you're happy with its consistency. Serve with the smoked sausage, very nice with gerkins and pickled onions. You can also add some fried bacon cubes or chorizo cubes to the mash, in which case use the oil from frying as a subsitute for some of the butter.

    Tip: if the curly kale has been harvested before the first groundfrost, you can put it in the freezer overnight after cutting it up, and simply use it frozen. This will help to soften the Kale.
    • flea72
    • By flea72 19th Aug 05, 3:08 PM
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    the worst thing about getting curly kale in your veg box, is that you know the chard season is gonna be here soon

    if you thought the kale was bitter, you wont like the chard, espec as it also has a really earthy taste too - and the chard season is a very long one

    flea
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