Each month our chefs in the Curve create dishes containing the ‘seasonal fruit or vegetable’ of the month, this month we will be celebrating kale and artichoke!
As one of the few green vegetables more abundant and flavourful in the colder months of the year, Kale is a great vegetable. It be used as a substitute for cabbage or spinach and tastes delicious as a side dish when blanched and sautéed with garlic, a little soy and a sprinkling of chipped, roasted nuts.
There are many health benefits of kale and it is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It is virtually fat free and low in calories, rich in lutein (an anti-oxidant which helps keep the eyes healthy) and folate (the form of folic acid occurring naturally in food).
If this hasn’t inspired you to cook with kale, why not check out this pepper, spinach and coconut curry with crispy kale!
The artichoke isn’t actually a vegetable at all, it’s the bud of a flowering plant from the thistle family. You’ve got lots of options with artichokes – you can cook the whole thing or just the heart. You can eat it on its own, or add it to something else, like pasta or pizza.
Artichokes aren’t extensively grown in the UK, so if you can’t find any English grown artichokes – look for fresh looking French imports.
Take a look at our chefs recipe for rabbit, artichoke and Queen Mary rosemary paella.
Make sure you check back next back to get more delicious recipes and check out next months seasonal vegetables! Have you used these seasonal vegetables this month? Let us know in the comments below.