These little kale greens with flowers caught my eye last time I was at Bi-Rite Market. I try to make a habit of picking up unfamiliar greens and things on a pretty regular basis. Marketed as broccoli of lacinato kale, I was certainly intrigued.
They’re the final stage of the kale plants life, when it shoots up flowers. Often the bolting (flowering) of a green like lettuce or chard leaves the plant quite bitter. In the case of kale the flowers seem to resemble more closely broccoli raab, sweeter, mild and kaley.
I sautéd them quickly with a drizzle of oil, garlic and a touch of fish sauce.