National Kale Day is dedicated to celebrating one of the healthiest vegetables. From its nutritional value to its versatility, there are numerous reasons why cabbage has gained so many admirers!
National Kale Day was founded by physician Drew Ramsey and chef Jennifer Iserloh via a Change.org petition. Noteworthy, Ramsey is also the author of 50 Shades of Kale, in which he suggests that consuming more cabbage could potentially help save the planet. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and is related to broccoli. Its peak of popularity was in 2010. It contains many beneficial compounds and nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, B, C, and K vitamins.
Did you know that:
- Cabbage is believed to have originated from Asia, although there is no exact data yet;
- It is known to help fight excess weight, which is why it’s become so popular;
- It’s not all beneficial, as the stalk contains harmful nitrates;
- Fermented cabbage is of the greatest value due to the presence of lactic acid, which is great for the intestines;
- Its juice can be used in medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent, and in cosmetology for a rejuvenating effect;
- It was highly valued by the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras – he even worked on its selection.
How to take part
There are various ways to participate in National Kale Day. For instance, you can throw a kale party and explore different recipes. Give your guests the chance to discover how delicious a vegetable can be. You can also share original recipes on social media, or create a competition to see who can cook the best dish.
When is National Kale Day celebrated in 2023?
National Kale Day is observed on the first Wednesday in October each year.