A few years ago I let a teacher bring her cooking class to the farm I was working at. I watched as she asked the kids to roll up their sleeves, wash their hands and then massage the kale I provided using olive oil as massage oil. It was a bizarre sight. At first I thought it was a ploy to keep the students engaged. But the next time I ate kale, it stuck in my head. I had to try it for myself. I’m happy to say have not stopped massaging kale since.
By now, I’m sure many of you know this tried and true trick to eating raw kale: the oil breaks down some of the fibrous makeup of the leaf. But for those of you who have heard of it and not tried it, now is your chance! It may just change the way you eat kale.
It’s super easy:
Wash your hands. Chop up a bunch of kale. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and get to rubbing! LYou’ll know it’s ready when it goes from a dull green to a brighter green. (about 30 seconds of massage).
Then you can go about creating your kale salad.