A curious reader wants to know if you can eat flowering kale? Yes. That was easy. Flowering kale differs from regular kale in having short internodes so the leaves make a dense rosette of leaves. It also forms pigments, or not, often in the leaves in the center of the rosette, so the overall effect is that of a flower, sort of. Nonetheless, just like garden kale, flowering kale is quite resistant to cool weather and frosts providing garden color and design when most things are going dormant for the winter. In fact kale is actually better tasting after exposure to some cold temperatures. You can eat flowering kale just like regular kale. One of the best ways to use kale is in soups; here's one example, a Portuguese kale soup. HT to Jardin botanique de Montréal for making this picture available via the Wikimedia Creative Commons.
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