Market Look-For’s

  • Full, rigid leaves.
  • Mild bug damage is common for organic kale and doesn’t bother me.
  • Beware of yellow leaves, signs of age or wet storage.


  • Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator vegetable drawer or store on the counter in a vase of water (like flowers). The plastic bag will keep the air in the fridge from wicking away the internal moisture; the vase of water replenishes that moisture, as it is lost.
  • Kale will get droopy, wilty as the moisture respires from the leaves. To revive soak in cool water like lettuce. If cooking the kale, don’t bother rehydrating, as you’ll effectively be wilting it anyway.


  • Any and all kale can be used for any and all kale recipes—play around and find the ones that you like the best.
  • Substitute any hardy green for kale if unavailable