Image: Ornamental kale blooms (via Wikimedia)
Hold onto your green smoothies – the superfood world has been rocked by not one, but two pieces of Very Bad News this week.
Kale shortage imminent
Kale seems to have infiltrated every cafe kitchen, grocery store and household juicer in the country, so it’s hardly surprising the demand for the leafy green veggie is reaching new heights. Problem is, our voracious consumption of kale has created… an imminent worldwide shortage of it. Yeah, oops.
Lateline’s Kerry Staight reports one of the world’s leading seed suppliers has run out of almost every variety of kale, which is a member of the cabbage family.
“You could describe it as embarrassing to us, but it’s just one of those things that’s happened on a global basis,” says Tony Hubbard, who runs the Australian office of Netherlands-based Bejo Seeds and has been in the seed business for 44 years. He admits the company has been “well and truly” caught out and hopes more seeds will be available by September or October.
Local growers have also been surprised by the off the charts popularity of kale. Victorian growers Deborah and Darren Corrigan tell the ABC they planted 1500 kale seedlings at their property as a trial a couple of years ago- now they're planting 150,000 every week.
Demand isn't the only thing devouring the world's kale supplies. Bon Appetit magazine reported earlier this year that kale crops in the US had been ravaged by a spray-resistant superbug, which growers feared could wipe out entire crops.
Stay tuned for mass hysteria and panic buying. Remember guys - it works just as well in a smoothie if you freeze it first.
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'Well, the world might run out of kale, but at least my almond milk is safe,' you're probably telling yourself right now, as you protectively clutch a glass of it to your heart.