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Kale

Kale is a dark-green leafy vegetable that can be grown during the winter months in Florida.

It’s often referred to as a superfood because it’s rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K.

Kale has one of the sweetest flavors of all the leafy greens, making it a popular vegetable to grow. You can even bake the leaves to make crispy kale chips, turning them into a nutritious but satisfying snack food.

Kale can be started from seed anytime from September through January or February. Be sure to plant it in a sunny spot and water regularly.

Because kale is attractive and cold tolerant, it’s often sold in pots at garden centers as a winter ornamental. Just keep in mind that ornamental varieties aren’t always as tasty for eating.

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