Why we love it: This versatile leafy-green and superfood is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, kale is low in calories and contains numerous cancer-fighting substances.
How to choose it: When shopping for kale, remember to keep in mind what the different varieties are best for. Choose a type of kale that is the right fit for the intended dish. Common varieties of kale include baby kale, curly kale, and Tuscan kale, also known as dinosaur kale.
How to store it: Fresh stems of kale should be wrapped loosely in paper towels stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days after purchase. Bagged and pre-cut kale should be stored in the refrigerator and washed and eaten within three days of purchase.
Delicious ways to use it: With numerous varieties of kale, the options are endless. Blend up soft kales into a fresh smoothie, bake homemade curly kale chips with spices and herbs, add dinosaur kale to a perfect pot of fall-flavored soup, or toss chopped kale into a mixed-greens salad for extra crunch.