Four ways to enjoy trendy kale
Crunchy kale chips--think potato chips sans guilt--from New York Naturals ($7.50) are fresh leaves roasted until they turn delicately crisp. Addictive flavors include vegan cheese (made with ground cashews, cayenne, red pepper and lemon), miso and Bombay Ranch (with sunflower seeds, onion, turmeric and apple cider vinegar).
Kale's also been juiced. Organic Avenue, the outfit that turned raw food from hippie to hipster, makes a Green Love juice blend ($10) with organic kale, spinach and Swiss chard spiked with detoxifying lemon and apple juice. Chockablock with vitamins, calcium, fiber and antioxidants, it's a day's worth of nutrients in a bottle.
You'll soon be so kale-crazed you'll want to cook and even grow it. Eat Greens: Seasonal Recipes to Enjoy in Abundance by Barbara Scott-Goodman and Liz Trovato ($17) has great recipes (we especially like sauteed peas with kale and chorizo) as well as growing tips. Sowing season doesn't start until late summer, so there's time to order a few types of kale to keep your garden green.