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Brace Yourselves: A Kale Shortage Could Be Coming
Savor that green juice while you've got it. America's favorite cruciferous greenknown as kale might be a bit harder to procure in the coming months due to a shortage of seeds.
ABC News reports that the Netherlands-based company Bejo Seeds, who provide seeds to farmers across the globe, have run out of supplies for their Australian farms, who have seen robust profits from the kale market.
Says Modern Farmer:
Just southeast of Melbourne, the fields at Brunyen Farms in Pearcedale, once reserved for red cabbages and leeks, have been entirely turned over to kale. “We probably only planted probably 3,000 or 4,000 plants a season,” said Steve Brunyen, the farm’s proprietor, to The Daily Mail. “Now we’re up to about 25,000 plants. I still haven’t had enough.” Over in Clyde, another Melbourne suburb, Deborah and Darren Corrigan plant 150,000 seedlings every week, and are one of the country’s main kale growers.
Though kale has recently seen a resurgence in popularity both in the U.S. and Down Under, the fibrous green has historically been widely grown and eaten in cooler European countries like the Netherlands and Germany because of its ability to handle frosty winters.
So savor your superfood while you've got it, because you might soon have to have to find another source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.