Kale. Let's talk about it. Do you love it? Or are you with reader Katekgl who, after our greens roundup Monday said, "I just hate kale. Hate it. It's a bit texture and a bit tasting like dirt and unhappiness." This comment cracked me up! And it made me curious: can you relate? Does it look to you like there's a kale conspiracy and cover-up, designed to just make us force down this unhappy vegetable?
On the one hand, I'm rather sympathetic to folks who just hate kale. It does indeed have an earthy, rough taste. Dare I even say — dirty. It's tough and a little challenging.
But, on the other hand, these qualities are what makes it so great to cook with, in my opinion. I like that kale is tough, because then when it's cooked the leaves don't wilt down into insubstantial shreds, the way spinach does. The earthy flavor, too, has serious character and body, which makes it a great pairing with intensely tangy dressings made of lemon or garlic.
Still — tastes are tastes, and if kale just doesn't do it for you, then it can be a little mind-boggling to see it draped over food spreads so frequently.
Where do you fall? If you love kale, why? Was there a turning point? Or do you just not get the point of this rough and tough green? Are there others you prefer?
(Image: Faith Durand)