One More Reason to Love Kale

Listen up kale-lovers, you now have one more reason to love this leafy-green super food. While browsing the floral section at Whole Foods I was surprised (and excited) to discover ornamental kale wedged between the tulips and viburnum flowers. Ornamental kale, also known as flowering kale, is a decorative cabbage plant that is grown and harvested most often during the fall and spring seasons and works perfectly when placed in a vase on its own or paired with a flower of your choice. Typically, when I think of fall flowers I think of chrysanthemums, so the idea of decorating with kale is new to me. While I love anything of the ‘mum variety, I welcome the signature purple and green colors of ornamental kale as an easy way to brighten up the cooler days ahead. Cheers to serving up kale in a vase!

Oh, and P.S. – ornamental kale is edible, however it has a bitter taste. I’d recommend using it as a garnish before you chop it up to put in your salad!

Ornamental Kale

Ornamental Kale in Vase




  1. Kristin Bassett September 27, 2015 / 12:10 am

    I saw ornamental kale during my grocery shopping this weekend. Should have picked some up for myself!

    • Reuben February 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

      Turns out there are several kinds of kale. I did some rarceseh and found out ornamental cabbage is actually kale. I was surprised to learn that it’s edible too. The dark leafy kale is the kind we most commonly eat. It’s actually good roasted in the oven tastes like potato chips!

  2. Tarah O September 30, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Ooooh yes I forgot about this! We should get some for the apartment soon 🙂

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