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I’m going steady with kale. Sure, I’ve had flings with other veggies — spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts — but none of them were as versatile as kale, and I’m true blue to my leafy green. How do I love kale? Let me count the ways:

1. I love kale in Veggie Booty, which is covered in kale powder. (Hey, 15% Vitamin A and 10% Vitamin C, it counts!)
2. I love kale in the Mean Greens juice I get from the One Lucky Duck juice bar.
3. I love kale chips, especially the flavors from New York Naturals.
4. I love sauteed kale, and this recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious.
5. I love kale in ornamental garden beds and in floral arrangements.

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kale floral arrangement

Yes! It isn’t just good to eat. You can absolutely grow some gorgeous kale and use it in elegant arrangements. We have a tutorial for making a dramatic edible fall arrangement with ornamental kale and asparagus, and I might use some of its pointers to recreate the gorgeous Kale and Eschevaria arrangement from Jayson Home shown above. (I spotted it on their site the other day, but sadly, it’s only available for order in the Chicago area. Go Bears.)

Would you use kale or another veggie in a floral arrangement? Or do you think they should appear on dinner plates alone?

5 Responses

  1. CplusE says:

    I would absolutely use kale in a floral arrangement — I think this one is just gorgeous:


    I also like the use of the purple artichoke! I never ate kale until we moved to the South, and now I love it. I usually sauté it and then add either lemon and garlic or a little cream and some vinegar-based barbecue sauce from our local barbecue restaurant — both are delicious!

    • Briana@HGTV says:

      That arrangement is very pretty — the peacock feather makes it for me. <3

      And hey, never thought to do the cream and vinegary BBQ thing. I will have to try that soon, yum! Thanks for the tip.

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  4. i love kale arrangements. both plate and decor i say!

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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