Southland's superfood: You'd better be-leaf it

00:22, Jul 17 2014
Farmer Jared Collie
GREEN GOLD: Southland farmer Jared Collie with his crop of kale.

Southern farmers needn't fear their crops will be overrun by ravenous supermodels hunting for kale.

It is considered a trending "superfood", and celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Miranda Kerr have been singing its praises.

But while superstars have been sipping on kale smoothies and crunching on kale chips, one Southland farmer isn't in a rush to add it to his dinner plate any time soon.

Jared Collie had not heard of kale's status as a superfood and, after chewing on a stalk from his own paddock, quickly declared he was not a fan. Then, in true Southland farmer fashion, he announced it wasn't as tasty as swede.

Collie grows 16 hectares of kale as a winter crop for his cows at Kauana. It was his first year growing kale and he had sown a variety called Regal Ultra-Strike.

It was a great way to feed stock over the winter, he said, and kale, along with swede and fodder beet, would be found on most Southland dairy farms.


So does this mean Southland has been growing "super cows"?

New Zealand Nutrition Foundation nutritionist Carmel Trubuhovich said a serving of kale provided more than the recommended daily intake of vitamins K, A, B6 and C. It also provided minerals such as calcium and potassium. The kale grown for cows and the kale consumed by humans were the same vegetable but would probably be different varietals, so nutrient quantities might differ.



Kale is available in several varieties, such as curly, ornamental and dinosaur. It belongs to the brassica family, which includes cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Source: 

The Southland Times