There are other greens on the planet to rival kale…
Kale has been, for a few too many years now, considered the superfood you must eat for good health. How that trend started, I have no idea, but be assured, there are other greens to rival it. Sure, now, you can find it in Mexico, in part because big Agro is growing it here to meet the demand in US and Canada, and also because the Norte American buzz has created a demand among the food-conscious and affluent. It is, however, extraneous in this country where there were already plenty of good greens to be had.
So let’s leave (my gripes about) kale aside, for a moment, shall we? “Hojas de nabo” (turnip leaves) are a cruciferous green that has been naturalized in Central and Southern Mexico and has become integrated over time into milpa plantings. When you buy this from a regional vendor there’s a very good chance it is grown organically (versus kale from the supermercado) as the milpa is a healthy, biodynamic and sustainable system.
“Nabo” along with collards and broccoli rabe (rapini) are all in the same family. This type, pictured, with wide leaves is more akin to collards. Another variety looks a lot more like broccoli raab with smaller, softer leaves, leggy stems that are like tender broccoli and small yellow inflorescence.
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