Which is better to eat – kale or broccoli?
Kale and broccoli don’t feature highly on many favourite food lists. That said, which is better? Let’s try to find out.
What does kale taste like?
Frankly, it’s not a big sell: raw kale is a bit bland.
Well, when food experts say “There’s an easy way to make kale taste delicious,” you get suspicious. But sauté kale with flavourful ingredients and it takes on the flavours of those ingredients – be it deliciously baked kale chips sprinkled with some smoked paprika and rosemary, in omelettes with some sautéed mushrooms, healthy kale smoothies, as a pesto sauce for pastas or simply as a crunchy addition to your stir-fries.
While kale is not a vegetable that can stand on its own leaves as a gastronomic delight, there are strong reasons why it is considered a superfood.
Health Benefits: Is kale good for you?
Basically, it’s good at being high in nutritional value. For instance, it’s high in fibre, iron, and calcium, none of which will set your taste buds on fire, but they will do wonders for your health.
Same with antioxidants, still to become a major restaurant menu selling point, but great for keeping cholesterol at bay.
Clearly, it’s a bitter vegetable living off its health benefits and bludging all the taste it can get from other ingredients to become an acceptable household staple. If you can accept the fact that it needs a little help to become ‘delicious,’ kale deserves our support.
This brings us to broccoli.
What does broccoli taste like?
Sorry kale, apparently you’re blander than broccoli. That said, it’s still broccoli and a bit like gnawing your way through a bonsai, so all is not lost.
While boiled or blanched broccoli can have an overpoweringly unpleasant taste for many, sautéed or oven baked, it’s quite a popular one. Add it to your stir-fries or prepare a creamy, gourmet-style broccoli soup with a side of homemade parmesan wafers, it will certainly pack up a flavour.
Health Benefits: Is broccoli good for you?
Well, it has all the same benefits as kale plus it has twice the vitamin C of an orange. All good until we get to antioxidants. Apparently, cooking broccoli destroys a good many of these.
In other words, broccoli is best eaten raw.
Kale vs broccoli: The verdict
Kale is clearly easier to disguise in food than broccoli; it’s flat, mushy and gets lost in other flavours. If you can stomach raw broccoli, you’re onto a good thing. Otherwise, if there are kids to lead into healthy eating, go for kale.