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Nov 2, 2013 09:28 AM

French name for kale?

Anyone know what kale is called in France?

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  1. Chou frisee. At least that it is what it is called in French here in Quebec.

      1. Check out this previous thread:

        "Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale"

        1. In the last year or so, I've seen the labels "kale", "chou kale", and "chou frangé" in various marchés and in some bio/ hip restos. But whatever the name, still not widely available.

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          1. re: Parnassien

            I was going to say -- "pas disponible" for the most part.

            1. re: sunshine842

              "pas disponible" restores my faith in French good taste.

              Having just returned from NYC, kale is everywhere... I even saw "kale brownies" (beurk !) ... but several very trendy locals told me that the kale fad is long past its prime... but who knows ?... I was also told that in the NYC gay pride parade there was one marcher carrying a sign "Lesbians Who Don't Eat Kale" but only had two other followers in her group. Hilarious !

              1. re: Parnassien

                There would be a lot to say about the "kale crusade" (see the NYT article linked above), and nothing very nice on my part, so I'll refrain.

                1. re: Parnassien

                  I actually like kale, and jumped at the chance to get my hands on some when a chum brought some back from her brother's garden in Holland.

                  But kale brownies? That's just nasty.

                2. re: sunshine842

                  Vegetable seller to the stars, Joel Theibault, has kale at his stalls at President Wilson and Gros Fontaine markets.

              2. Chou frisé.

                Sometimes you see it referred to as "chou frisé non pommé" because there is a possible confusion with chou de Milan, also improperly called "chou frisé" by some.