Food Science 101: Massage Your Kale! +Recipes

By Stephanie Jean

Yes, you read it right. Massaging your kale is a thing. It is something that most people probably do not know, so that’s okay, you aren’t alone. Now, you are probably wondering WHY you would massage your kale, and how this could possibly benefit you. Well, I am here to give you the rundown on the why and how to massage your kale.

So, kale is a cruciferous vegetable that is a member of Brassica Olercea, which is the cabbage family. Cruciferous vegetables tend to have pretty rigid cellular walls, and this is why most of these vegetables are cooked instead of eaten raw. Eating raw kale can be difficult to eat, and the texture can be quite chewy. However, kale is a wonderful vegetable that can be a great base for a salad along other lettuces and spinach. So, how is it possible to get crunchy and tender kale so that we can make tasty kale salads? Yes, you guessed it…Massage your kale! Massaging kale with an acid, such as lemon, will help to break down the fibrous cell walls. The massaging mechanism along with the acid will gently denatures the walls to create tender kale, and you will also notice that the flavor is not as bitter. I don’t know about you, but I think we can all appreciate vegetables that are less bitter in our life, and this food science hack will be sure to keep you wanting more!

 

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