If there was such a thing as a fashionable vegetable, kale would be it. This leafy green has become synonymous with "superfood" and has become a staple of healthy diets all over the world.
According to Michigan State University, kale has a whole heap of nutritional benefits. It's high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamin K, it's been shown to lower cholesterol and comes with a lot of fibre which will aid good digestion.
The green contains lutein and seaxanthin compounds, which promote eye health, and omega-3 fatty acids, which will help strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.
Make sure you're eating leaves that are firm and deeply coloured - not browning or yellowing.
For a simple meal, chop some kale and put it with pine nuts, feta cheese and whole grain pasta. A drizzle of olive oil will top it off.
Another simple way to prepare your kale is to saute it with a dash of olive oil until it's wilted, then add a pinch of sea salt, almond slivers and dried cranberries and then cook for a couple more minutes. Serve with brown rice for a healthy lunch.
You can also put the vegetable in your smoothies for an added health kick. Just half a cup of chopped kale is all you need to add to your other ingredients.
Growing your own
As an easy to-grow-plant, you can try your hand at producing your very own kale!
Get started in March and April with seeds for the best results. Kale isn't highly sensitive to temperatures - it will flourish at any temperature between 8 - 30 degrees Celsius, and can be grown in the same bed as many other vegetables.
In a couple of months you could be enjoying this superfood straight from your very own garden.