What are Kalettes? Kelly Lo October 28, 2014 Be Healthy, Be One with Nutrition If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new trendy veggie in town and it goes by the name of the “kalette”. So what is the kalette? It’s a hybrid mix of two nutritious vegetables, the ever popular kale and brussels sprouts. The marriage between the two vegetables has produced a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty that creators believe will be a hit in a US. (From left to right) Photo taken by Barbara L. Hanson/Flickr, Photo taken by Peter Roome/Flickr If the name doesn’t sound familiar, then the peculiar color and appearance of this veggie might just jog your memory. In fact, you may have already spotted the tiny purple-tinged sprout in restaurants under the name “Lollipop kale sprouts” or “BrusselKale”. The kalette hails from a company called Tozer Seeds across the pond and are collaborating with six American companies to makie its official US debut this season. The kalette is scheduled to make appearances at grocery stores the likes of Whole Foods and Trader Joes this fall, so keep an eye out for them. I for one cannot wait to see recipes starring the kale/sprout lovechild. With many cities in the US experiencing a shortage of kale, the debut of the kalette is well timed. For those of you who are anti-GMO, don’t worry, the hybrid is not genetically modified and is in fact developed by traditional cross-pollination methods. Kalettes look like tiny heads of lettuce on a brussel sprouts stalk and offers a distinct taste and texture. It is said that kalettes have a nutty flavor that is milder than brussels sprouts, and more tender leaves than kale. If you’re not a fan of the bitter flavor of brussels sprouts or the tough chewiness of kale, then this might be the nutritious veggie for you. A perfect marriage between kale and brussels sprouts, the vitamin-packed kalette is particularly rich in fiber, vitamin K, B6, and C. It can be cooked or eaten raw and is thought to be more versatile than its parents. Check out the kalette’s homepage to learn more about the hybrid. Whether kale/sprouts are a big part of your diet or something you avoid at the dinner table, the kalette is definitely worth a try.