Kale Has Some New Competition From Its Cousin Kalettes

kalettesMove over kale.  I think a lot of us are getting tired of kale — perhaps no one more than dietitian colleague Amy Myrdal Miller who wrote a glorious take down of this trendy leafy green: A Rant Against the Ridiculous, Virtuous Cult of Kale.

Kale has a cousin that’s ready for its close-up:  Kalettes, a non-GMO hybrid vegetable that’s an offspring of kale and Brussels sprouts (another cult vegetable).  It was developed more than 15 years ago in England, where it’s known as “flower sprouts,” but it’s just recently showing up across the pond here in the U.S. under the brand Kalettes.  You may also see the cute hybrid vegetable referred to as lollipop kale.


You can learn more at Kalettes.com.  The company said the inspiration behind Kalettes came from a desire to create a kale-type vegetable that was versatile, easy to prepare and looked great.

“Crossing kale with Brussels sprouts was a natural fit since they are both from the Brassica Oleracea species which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. The result is a brand-new vegetable which looks a little like a tiny cabbage with green frilly leaves and streaks of purple. Kalettes get their great taste by combining the best flavors from Brussels sprouts and kale, resulting in a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty.”

Kalettes have tender, veined, kale-like leaves but grow on a stalk, like Brussels sprouts.  The hybrid takes the best from both vegetables (no fibrous stems of kale), including the awesome nutrients that both vegetables have to offer.  Kalettes can be eaten in salads, oven-roasted, sautéed or grilled — even skewered with vegetables on the grill. You can find lots of recipes for Kalettes on their website, including salads, side dishes, frittata, pasta and appetizers like prosciutto-wrapped Kalettes.  Or check out some of these other recipes:

Roasted Kalettes from Eating Well
Pasta with Kalettes and Feta from New Hippie Kitchen
Kalettes with Miso and Pomegranate by Suitcase Foodist

If you want to see Kalettes in action, take a look at this sales video.

Look for Kalettes at select Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegmans and west coast Costco stores.

Image courtesy of Kalettes

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