TASTY: Deborah Farrell president of the Ipswich Good Food Group with some bunches of the very healthy kale plant.
TASTY: Deborah Farrell president of the Ipswich Good Food Group with some bunches of the very healthy kale plant. David Nielsen

Ipswich's crazy about kale

IT IS not just the kitchen of Hollywood actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow that you will find the "super food" vegetable kale.

Ipswich kitchens are also overflowing with kale, which is available courtesy of the Ipswich Good Food Group that meets on Tuesday afternoons from 5.30pm at the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall at Limestone Park.

Deborah Farrell, president of the group, said kale was full of micronutrients that include valuable antioxidants.

Kale, known as "the queen of greens", has gained in popularity recently because of its high nutritional value and because there are a few more varieties that have come onto the market that are more palatable than the traditional type.

"Kale covers all the bases and is considered one of those super foods at the moment in terms of the level of vitamins and minerals it has, and the fibre it makes available," Ms Farrell said.

"It is traditionally more of a cooked vegetable in the same kind of way that you would use spinach or silverbeet.

"It is also great as chips.

"If you tear it, toss it in a bit of olive oil and salt and pop it in the oven it crisps up like a potato chip, only with a lot more nutritional value to it.

"What has really pushed along the popularity of kale is the green smoothie movement.

"So instead of smoothies being usually a dairy based drink with a bit of fruit in it...you are now finding people using something like almond or Soya milk and including a green vegetable like kale in the smoothie to boost the nutritional value."

The kale for sale at the Ipswich Good Food Group meeting was going quickly when the QT visited, as it does most weeks.

The food group is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation.

"We buy farmer direct or through an agency in Brisbane that deals specifically with local and organic produce," Ms Farrell said.

"It is about increasing the availability of good local food and reconnecting customers with their farmers."

KALE BENEFITS

  • Low in calories, high in fibres
  • High in iron, Vitamin K and antioxidants
  • High in Vitamin A, C and calcium
  • A great de-tox food
  • Different varieties to choose from


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