Kale is a leafy green vegetable and is a member of the Brassica family which includes cabbage, collards and Brussels sprouts. Kale comes in a curly variety, an ornamental variety and a dinosaur variety. These three differ in appearance, taste and texture. Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and is usually deep green in colour. It has a pungent flavour with delicious bitter peppery overtones. Ornamental kale is a recently cultivated species that is oftentimes referred to as savoy salad. Its leaves can be green, white or purple and its stalks join together to form a loosely knit head. Ornamental kale has a mellow flavour and tender texture. Dinosaur kale is the common name for the kale variety known as Lacinato. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.
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Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A because it is high in beta-carotene. When the beta-carotene enters the body, it is converted into vitamin A. Once inside the body, beta-carotene can be converted into vitamin A. Both vitamin A and beta-carotene are important nutrients for healthy vision. Kale is also a good source of manganese which is a trace mineral that helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. Kale is also a very good source of calcium which is needed to maintain healthy bones.