National Kale Day – October 6, 2021

The first Wednesday in October gives us the opportunity to celebrate National Kale Day each year, falling on October 6 this year. The celebration sheds light on the versatility and amazing health benefits of kale. The observance plays a crucial role in increasing awareness and encouraging the eating and growing of kale. It is a staple food in any healthy diet plan. Join the celebrations as we eat healthy to mark National Kale Day.

History of National Kale Day

Originating in Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, kale was cultivated for consumption as early as 2000 B.C. Cabbage variants with curly leaves were in supply in 400 B.C. Greece, alongside the flat-leaved ones. These early variants are said to be the predecessors of what we now call kale. The Romans called it Sabellian kale.

The first mention of cabbages in western Europe emerged in the 1200s and was concerned with hard-headed cabbage. Records from the 1300s highlight the differences between loose-leafed kale and hard-headed cabbage.

In the 1800s, Russian traders brought kale into Canada and subsequently the United States. David Fairchild, a USDA botanist, gets the credit for introducing kale to America. He brought it from Croatia despite disliking cabbages, kale included. The easy nature of cultivation and its affordability were responsible for its popularity in Croatia. Desalination of soil was another great benefit.

During the Second World War, the Dig for Victory campaign promoted kale cultivation in Britain. At the time, the vegetable was the perfect candidate for cultivation because it provided crucial nutrients lacking from meals due to rationing. Kale was used typically for decoration in the U.S. It gained recognition as an edible food during the 1990s because of its rich nutritional value.

The 2010s saw kale gain popularity; becoming a diet favorite despite other vegetables being just as rich in nutrients. National Kale Day was founded by Chef Jennifer Iserloh and Dr. Drew Ramsey to celebrate the health benefits of kale and its many culinary applications. They entered a petition at Change.org aimed at giving the observance legitimacy.

National Kale Day timeline

2000 B.C.
The First Records of Kale Emerge

Kale is cultivated for food for the first time in Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean.

1300s
Kale is Set Apart from Cabbage

Records in Britain during the 1300s differentiate between loose-leaf kale and hard-head cabbage.

1800s
Kale Comes to North America

Russian traders introduce kale to Canada and then the United States.

2010s
National Kale Day is Introduced

Chef Jennifer Iserloh and Dr. Drew Ramsey create National Kale Day to celebrate the amazing vegetable.

National Kale Day FAQs

Is raw kale healthy?

Cancer research reveals that kale has more benefits when eaten raw. Cholesterol studies, on the other hand, suggest that kale is more beneficial when steamed.

Does kale digest easily?

Green veggies have high levels of fiber, which can take time to digest. Bacteria in your gut use the fiber as energy; resulting in gas.

Are there side effects from eating kale?

Eating kale can result in bloating for people who find it difficult to digest carbohydrates found in foods like beans and wheat.

National Kale Day Activities

  1. Host a kale party

    There’s no party like a kale party! Throw a party at work or school and serve special kale-inspired dishes.

  2. Host a potluck

    Have a potluck at your home with friends and family. Attendees can bring their best kale dishes.

  3. Share a recipe or serving tips

    Share your favorite kale recipe on social media to add to the fun. Serving tips using kale are also in high demand.

5 Facts About Kale That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Huge calcium load

    One serving of kale provides more absorbable calcium than you will find in a small-sized carton of milk.

  2. Topping the charts

    Between 2007 and 2015, kale farming increased by almost 60%.

  3. Icky habits

    Kale is among crops with the highest likelihood of holding residual pesticides.

  4. Cancer repellent vegetable

    Kale has significant amounts of cancer-fighting nutrients, such as glucosinolate phytonutrients, which offer protection against tumor growth and cancer-related enzymes.

  5. Busy vegetable

    Kale is an ingredient in skincare products and even nail polish.

Why We Love National Kale Day

  1. Kale is a superfood

    Kale is a superfood, providing high amounts of fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants. What’s not to like?

  2. It stays fresh

    Kale is a hearty vegetable. It can last for one week in the refrigerator.

  3. It’s cheap and accessible

    Kale is among the easiest crops to cultivate and it is the perfect way to celebrate American farming.

National Kale Day dates

YearDateDay
2021October 6Wednesday
2022October 5Wednesday
2023October 4Wednesday
2024October 2Wednesday
2025October 1Wednesday

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