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Kale Blossoms and Chrysanthemums in Our Kitchen Window
Kale Blossums from Eastern Market deedsphotos
I'd forgotten how beautiful kale blossoms are until I encountered some last week at a local florist. Since the price was much more reasonable than roses or most anything else in the store ($10 for a single plant which had several blossoms) I bought one and put it in a vase with water. It remais there still looking fresh more than a week later.
This reminded me that when I was living in Georgetown ten years ago some of the people grew kale and cabbage plants to decorate their front stoops.
"Many varieties of kale are referred to as 'flowering kales' and are grown mainly for their ornamental leaves, which are brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior or the rosette. Most plants sold as 'ornamental cabbage' are in fact kales. Ornamental kale is as edible as any other variety, provided it has not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
"When uncooked, standard Kale is a popular garnish." [From Wikipedia.]