View Full Version : Is kale naturally waxy?
05-08-2008, 10:18 AM
I don't buy organic produce, but for those of you who do, is kale naturally waxy or is the wax I'm seeing just been sprayed on. I can taste this waxiness in smoothies and I'm just wondered if I should continue eating it.
05-08-2008, 10:30 AM
No, I don't think it's naturally waxy. Are you washing your produce well? It should actually be squeaky clean...
05-08-2008, 11:02 AM
Any time I buy produce that is not organic I was it with warm water after spraying it with a 50/50 solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and water. Typically that will only be done on things that I won't be pealing or in some way removing the outer surface. A lot of produce, Kale included, get sprayed with a coating of wax of some sort to help retain the color and keep it fresh longer. Hope this helps.
05-08-2008, 01:07 PM
Unlike kale in the supermarket, kale from my garden looks dusty, like the surface is coated in a layer of fine white powder. It's hard to describe.
Anyway, I've read that the white dustiness on home grown greens is because of healthy bacteria and yeast that live on the surface of the greens. So I don't wash my home-grown kale unless it seems particularly dirty.
I'm guessing either you got really fresh kale, and the "wax" is the white coating like on my homegrown kale, OR, your kale has actual wax on it, which is sad :( . If you have fresh kale, share some with me! That's one crop that I didn't get around to planting this year.
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