Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A new use for kale and a good laugh!

At yesterday's Ypsilanti-Downtown Farmers' Market, a young girl and her mother walked by our garlic table, with the girl proudly carrying a bag of beautiful kale. I asked if she needed some garlic to cook with her kale when she got home. She looked a bit confused, then looked up at her mother, at which point her mom responded that they did not actually eat kale themselves, but the kale was to feed her daughter's lizard! Well, my boys had all kinds of pets while growing up, but somehow I don't remember that we ever had lizards, so that was a new one for me! I laughed and laughed and asked if I could share this story on my kale blog while my husband handed the daughter a small (baby size) head of garlic just in case her lizard wanted to try some great tasting kale with garlic like we eat. He added the caveat that the lizard should not be eating better than they were, so they should try kale with garlic, too! This time the mom laughed and laughed, the daughter looked pleased instead of confused, and I think they went home with a new appreciation for kale and maybe garlic, too. :-)

Where kale is much more than decoration (or lizard-food) on our plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

6 comments:

Selene said...

My cats love love love kale! I always need to give them some so that they don't try to eat it off our plates!

Kateri said...

My chickens love kale. I had to cover my first planting until it was six inches tall otherwise the chickens would have eaten it to the gound. Even now the plants in the herb garden and the front flower beds are very ragged due to the chickens eating their fill every morning. When I lived in Ann Arbor and they weren't free ranging, I grew extra just to feed them. It sounds like you opened the girl's mind to the wonders of two new vegetables. :)

Tom said...

Great information -I am also a "fan" of Kale and grow a couple of varieties here in Brisbane Australia. I have used your nutritional information for my blog entry - I'll be back for more reading later!
thanks/sincerely

Tom

Gina said...

My lizard eats kale and until a year ago I thought of it as lizard food. Then I joined a CSA and they gave me more kale than the lizard could handle so I had to try it. It was love at first bite! I found your website shortly after that. Thank you for being a great source of information.

Tricia said...

In my early days of CSA membership, I shared an office with a grad student who needed organic (pesticide-free) produce to feed his captive grasshoppers (which he was raising for their mites). I remember giving him my beet greens, but I don't think I ever gave him kale...

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