German Food Guide
 
Home About Us
German Food Guide
Untitled Document
Find German
Food Near You

Search our directory of German restaurants, delicatessens,
Biergartens, bakeries, and markets.
Start here by selecting your state




Find German
Food Events

NEW!  We're building a nationwide Events Calendar with German food events: holiday festivals, special food events, special menus, special entertainment, etc.
Events Calendar










Kale

(Grünkohl, Braunkohl, Krauskohl, Lippische Palme, or Oldenburger Palme)

Kale belongs to the cabbage family, but unlike other cabbage varieties, its leaves do not form a head. Its leaves are large, fibrous, and rippled. Leaf colors range from light green to dark green and violet-green to violet-brown.

Kale is a winter vegetable (season: November through March) that needs a good frost to help develop its flavor. It is the cold that converts kale's starches into sugars, giving it a softly sweet taste.

Kale is a favorite in northern Germany, so much so that many kale festivals are held during the kale season. In Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen, many clubs, associations, and groups of friends take part in numerous "Kohlfahrten" (kale tours). These consist of long hikes, after which they have dinner at local restaurants. Dinner consist of kale, wurst, and schnaps. After dinner, more schnaps and dancing.


Preparing Kale

Each region in northern Germany has its own specialty when it comes to kale. In Schleswig-Holstein, it is cooked with smoked bacon. In Hamburg, kale is served with potatoes that have been browned and caramelized with a little sugar. In Bremen and Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), kale is traditionally cooked and served with Pinkelwurst - a dish known as "Kohl & Pinkel." In other regions, kale is cooked with Kochwurst, Mettwurst, Kasseler Rippchen, or pork chops, then served with boiled or pan-fried potaotes.
Kale can be eaten raw or cooked. To prepare kale, remove any stems, yellow leaves, and any rough leaves. Wash leaves in cold water then allow them to drip dry.

Kale goes especially well with duck, turkey, pork roasts, and Kassler Rippchen. To create a hearty meal, cook kale with Kasseler Rippchen, bacon, or other smoked meat.


Nutritional Information

Kale is a nutrient-rich vegetable. It is high in beta carotene, iron, vitamin K, vitamins B1 and B2, vitamin A, vitamin C, phosphorus, and lutein. It is also very rich in Calcium.


Selecting and Storing Kale

When selecting, choose kale with crisp, fresh-looking, green leaves. Store kale in the refrigerator. It will remain fresh for 2 to 3 days.
Kale
Photo: © chiyacat - Fotolia.com










Untitled Document
Home  |  Directory  |  Events  |  Cooking  |  Wurst  |  Cheese  |  Bread  |  Sweets  |  Beer  |  Wine  |  Holidays  |  Oktoberfest  |  Recipes  |  About Us

Business Services:  Join Our Business Directory  |  Business Login       Got an Invitation Code? Log in here

Copyright © 2014 German Food Guide
Names, brands, and logos appearing on this website are trademarks of their respective companies. They are used here for identification purposes only.