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UK: Introducing British Sea Kale

UK: Introducing British Sea Kale

Waitrose is the first UK supermarket to carry British sea kale. A delicate cousin of kale, sea kale is revered in culinary circles for its mild brassica flavour, which is described as a cross between celery and asparagus. The forced stems of sea kale are available from January to March, but the labour-intensive growing technique has stopped the vegetable from being commercially available until now. “We’re thrilled to be re-introducing sea kale back to the UK,” says Waitrose buyer Tom Moore. “We’ve taken three years to perfect this new crop—it’s been a real labour of love. Sea kale is a classic British vegetable, which can be steamed or even fried to give it a crisp texture.” Sea kale originates from the coast, but is cultivated in greenhouses in Worcestershire by Westland Nurseries, which specialises in growing edible flowers, micro leaves and sea vegetables. (Source: waitrose.com)