Kale is at its best in the cold winter months and is generally very abundant. In fact, it’s one of the world’s favorite crops due to its incredible resilience to pest, climate, and man-made disasters. Want to grow something in your garden but haven’t had any luck in the past? Managed to kill even your weeds? Grow kale. You’ll end up with a lot of kale, in fact, so it’s best to have a plan for when the bounty rolls in!

Kale is related to cabbage and collard greens and, like cabbage, loves the cold end of the growing season when the leaves start storing sugar and loosing much of their bitter edge. There are several types of kale. The most common features somewhat frilly edged leaves, though other varieties with broad, flat leaves are typically less bitter.