Kale is part of the vegetable family Brassicaceae. Sometimes vegetables in this family are called crucifers or Cruciferous vegetables, because the flowers of their flowers make a four-pointed X, like a cross. Like its close cousins cauliflower, radishes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi, kale is absolutely packed with nutrients.
First domesticated by humans over 2,000 years ago and prized by cultures the whole world over, kale has more iron than beef and 900% of the RDA for vitamin K. It's a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect your eyes. Studies are underway to understand the effects of the glucosinolates in kale, which seem to have a positive effect on some cancers.
You're doing your body a favor each time you take a bite of kale.
Here are 10 ways our family enjoyed doing just that in 2016.