Wisdom of the ages- bringing kale back to the French

ee-kaleHave you heard about The Kale Project? It began as an initiative to reintroduce this nutrition-packed leafy green vegetable to Paris. Reintroduce? It seems that the French had too much of these vegetables during the time of food shortages during World War II.

The French might want to take a lesson from the Mediterranean Diet. It, too, was born out of poverty and has now been shown to be the gold standard of healthy eating. It’s hard to believe but it was 20 years ago this week that  Oldways, along with the Harvard School of Public Health, introduced the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. And with it came the taste for fruity olives oils and many other of the regions tasty offerings.

Back to kale, though- It seems as though the French know what’s good-  both in taste and nutrition. Word has it that kale is on the upswing in Paris and can now be found on some restaurant menus.


Are you a kale eater? How do you like to prepare it?


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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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4 Comments on “Wisdom of the ages- bringing kale back to the French”

  1. My French Heaven
    January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Very interesting post. My mom is 82 and had to eat this as well as Jerusalem Artichokes every day throughout the war years. She won’t touch it. They bring back terrible memories. As for me, I absolutely love them. Jerusalem artichokes are divine and can be prepared so many different ways…

    • January 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      That’s interesting and understandable. It’s the explanation why kale has been absent from French menus. But the younger generations now wonderful tasting and nutrient-packed vegetables to explore. Just don’t serve them to your mother’s generation!

      • My French Heaven
        January 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        I won’t:) There’s a farm near my house that specializes in what they call “vegetables we’ve forgotten about”. It’s amazing the number of great and nutritious veggies we no longer eat for one reason or another…

      • January 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

        That sounds amazing! You are very lucky!

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