Edibleness Of Ornamental Kale - Knowledgebase Question

West Branch, MI
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Question by jshel
February 13, 1998
Is flowering kale edible and nutritious?

Answer from NGA
February 13, 1998
The leaves of the kale plant are edible, but not very palatable. They're used to garnish plates of food in some restaurants. The leaves don't have a lot of flavor and are rather tough, so most people wouldn't eat an entire kale plant. From a nutrition standpoint, kale leaves would provide about the same vitamins and minerals as a cabbage leaf.

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