Passe Super Food?: Happy Kale Day

WEAVERVILLE, N,C, -- Once a mere mortal, somehow, it sprouted into a super food packed with vitamins.

Michael Faulkner of R Farm in Weaverville says kale is a phenomenon in his field.

"It's surprising to me that it's gotten so popular, I'm glad," Faulkner says. "Yeah, it's great for people, good for your digestion."

R farm has grown about 10,000 pounds of it in the past year.

"One hundred percent organic," Faulkner says proudly.

Somewhere along the line, the leafy green became the new black, which leads us to National Kale Day.

"The trend in American culture is to get obsessed with one plant or another," Faulkner tells us, recalling his favorite kale bumper sticker. "I remember one that said kale, yeah!"

But Chef Bruce Brown of Bruce's Fabulous Foods in Marion says even super foods can be overexposed.

"Kale is real popular, and everyone is making kale chips and kale smoothies and kale salads and stuff," he says, foreseeing a day when the plant's popularity levels off.

Chef Bruce confesses that he is a frequent user. He once whipped up beef risotto with kale in our Carolina Kitchen.

So ubiquitous, it's trend-setting days could be numbered.

"Kale is one of those things that is almost passe' anymore," he says. "Kale was popular a couple of years ago. "

Bruce says there's no telling where the hype will grow from next, though he has one idea.

"The next kale has already taken off, what's called micro greens," he says.
But for now, kale remains a giant among greens.

"Stir fry it or steam it. It's good a lot of different ways," Faulkner says.

Happy Kale Day.