Ladybugs and kale

Ladybugs and kale

We simply love kale, the queen of greens. It’s probably our favorite leafy green. It’s a natural superfood. We enjoy it in salads, smoothies, as chips, in dipping sauces, steamed. Curly or flat, we love it.

The other day, while buying kale at the Farmer’s market, we had a chat with our farmer about the lack of abundance of kale this season. He explained something interesting and surprising to us. We knew that this past year was especially bad for aphids and that they really like kale, but we didn’t know why the aphid increase.

It doesn’t make the kale unsafe to eat but it is unsightly, adds a lot of work to clean it and the plant is somewhat weakened as well.

We decided to investigate further. Why did aphids thrive this season, and what is a natural/organic way to control them? There are different reasons for the increase in population, but one is that there is a very important little insect that has been on the decline lately: the ladybug. As a child, you may have enjoyed seeing a ladybugs and thinking of them as a sign of good luck (just like us). One of the most important roles of the ladybug is that it eats over 5,000 aphids and other soft-bodied pests during their one-year lifetime. The lack of ladybugs is a concern to farmers all over the globe, and made us think about the fragility of the eco-system.

From now on, we always thankful of the work done by the ladybug when we see it.

ladybug on aphid
Did you know that kale has the following nutritional benefits?

1) Kale is high in iron. Iron is essential for good health, as its transports oxygen to various parts of the body.

2) Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. Inflammation is the number cause of arthritis, heart disease asthma and autoimmune disorders. You may want to add as many anti-inflammatory food in your diet as you can to prevent any serious disease.

3) Kale is rich in calcium, which helps prevents osteoporosis.

4) Kale is rich in Vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A is vital for proper vision. Vitamin C is vital for your immune system and Vitamin K allows your blood to clot normally.

5) Kale is rich in fiber. Fiber aids in digestion and elimination.

6) Kale is also known to help lower cholesterol.

kale
In health,

Kat & Val
The Happy Foodease team

Easy kale salad recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
    1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • ½ cup of grated carrot
  • ½ tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil (optional)
  • 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper

Steps:

  1. Destem and chop kale into bite sized pieces
  2. Massage with the lemon juice, the salt and the avocado
  3. Let it marinate for 10 to 15 minutes
  4. Then stire it the remaining ingredients
  5. Serve and enjoy!