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I cannot find Kale here but now can no longer find spinach!

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Posted by WJS on 5 years ago

I cannot find Kale here in rural France but now perhaps because it is out of season I can no longer find spinach. There seem to be very little choice for green leafy vegibles other than savoy cabbage, broccoli and differend salad lettuce. Do you think the lack of this is a problem nutritionally? Thank you in advance.

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Replies To I cannot find Kale here but now can no longer find spinach!

  • Danmcn61

    5 years ago

    Rural France? I live in New Jersey, so I'm jealous. Can I come live with you??? I can cook, I can clean, I can chop wood and carry water.

    It is late autumn and almost winter, so not much fresh produce available right now. Do the best you can with what is available and wait until spring. Since I've done my reboots, I have really got into raw foods, locally-grown produce, grassfed beef, etc...and that includes vegetables that have been preserved by fermentation. There is plenty of healthy food available during the winter months if you look for it. In the meantime, enjoy living in Paradise!

  • WJS

    5 years ago

    Danmcn61 thank you. Your offer particularly the cooking part sounds very tempting! :)

    I went to a specialist produce store today (Grande Frais) in a largish town and found everything! Normally kale is just not available here but they had it. I bought kale, spinach, fresh yellow and red beetroots, chilli peppers and other produce I normally can't find so I am very happy!

  • Claire Georgiou - ND

    5 years ago

    Dear WJS,

    It is super easy to grow and can grow all year round from my understanding. My kale has grown into a monster will little attention :) Anything green will be ok to use when you can't get any kale - here is a substitution list

    Substitution List | Reboot With Joe

  • Baysidebob

    5 years ago

    Sounds a bit odd to me. Kale is a great winter crop. Frost enhances the flavor. Cabbage and broccoli are good choices but if you are not used to them go easy on the cruciferous veggies to start. Danmcn61 is onto something. There are lots of ways to get there and strictly juicing is not the only path. Farm-chef-meal, not farm-chemist-factory-meal is the way to go. Everything fresh out of the ground is an opportunity!

    Congrats on finding a source. Support that market!

  • WJS

    5 years ago

    Thank you Claire, that is good news about the alternatives and it doesn't hurt to substitute kale and spinach. Perhaps I will break down and plant some vegies as you recommend. :)

    Baysidebob, when I first did my last juice I even searched for kale In France and there is even an English speaking site calling for support to bring kale to France! For some reason it just isn't a French thing. I will certainly be supporting Grande Frais which is a French chain but has a very good selection of "exotic" fruits and vegetables. The local markets which are wonderful can be limiting in choice to say the least based on the season.

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