The rutabaga or swede is a large root vegetable, a native form of Brassica Napoletana. The other names for this plant are Swedish turnips, neem and turnips. However, in other places the name "swede" generally refers to the vegetable. The plant bears red and white flowers, which have a deep orange color when fully grown.
The flowers and leaves are hollowed out so that the flower bud pops out, giving rise to a seed in the center. The seed contains chlorophyll and contains large amounts of water and starch. The plant is well known for its ability to grow even in zero-degree temperatures as it prefers a cold location. It prefers an area with partial shade during the hot summer months.
When you cut open a leaf of the healthy plant, there will be two to three hollowed out white spots. Each of these spots has a black dot inside. This black dot is the endosperm, the black part of the embryo that will grow into the plant when it hatches. When you prune a kale variety the leaves will drop off and the endosperm will be exposed. If you take a pair of leafs from each pair, one on each stem, you will have three new plants. You can separate the seeds from the remaining foliage by picking out the black dots among the white ones.
The common name for this vegetable is "Kale." The type of kale that grows in gardens is known as Urtica pics. The scientific name for Urtica picta is Lablum album. Other common names for this vegetable are Swede and turnips kale. The common name for the seedless variety is the "kelp." Some varieties of kale have small dark green leaves and needle-like flowers.
Flowers are large, round, yellow and purple. The small yellow flowers look like daisies. The seed is about the size of a large daisy seed. The small yellow flowers are about one-third of an inch across. The roots are long, narrow and thread-like. The plant grows up to six inches tall and has medium green leaves.
The small yellow leaves are used in recipes like meatloaf, stews and soups. The plant also is used as an ingredient in some juices, ice cream mixes, breads and spreads. A juice made from half or one quarter Siberian kale contains high amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Cooking Siberian kale is also a great way to get more vitamin C.
Kale is loaded with vitamin B, E and heart-healthy minerals like folate, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and pantothenic acid. Many antioxidant studies have been done on kale. One study showed that kale leaf extract reduced the risk of breast cancer in women. Another study found that when kale was combined with other ingredients, it was effective in reducing inflammatory markers in the blood. In addition, several studies have shown that sesame oil, which is derived from sesame seeds, had similar anti-inflammatory properties to that of kale.
To pickle kale like other greens, be sure to remove all of the greens' edible part, such as the eyes, stems and seeds. Do not pickle the leaves of kale because they retain a lot of water. When pickling kale, add it to marinades or barbecue sauces. Also be careful when using oils for salsas, dips and dressings; these can alter the chemical composition of the herbs. For best results, use herbs that are fresh and organic.
Like all other vegetables, there may be some negative health effects associated with Siberian kale. One of these is the high concentration of mercury, especially if a woman has her uterus or ovaries removed. Some reports have even stated that women with tumors in these organs may experience symptoms or problems while on this diet. The amounts of mercury in the leaves are so large that eating a whole head of Siberian kale is equal to eating an adult's entire body weight in just one day. However, these risks should definitely be discussed with your doctor or nutritionist before adding anything new to your diet.
The leafy greens themselves pose few, if any, side effects. However, because it contains so many antioxidants, it may help fight cancer cells. The high levels of sesame oil and protein seen in Siberian kale are well-known appetite suppressants.
While it is true that people who follow a diet high in vegetables and lean protein have lower incidence of heart disease and diabetes, there are still people who want to lose weight who do not see immediate results from their diet modifications. While kale certainly offers high fiber and vitamin A, studies have shown that sesame oil increases the absorption of calories and increases the risk of breast cancer. The debate over whether or not sesame oil is really healthy has been ongoing for years. Although, recent research has claimed that sesame oil may actually help prevent prostate cancer and may also lower cholesterol, most nutritionists still recommend steering clear of this vegetable altogether.