Did you enjoy eating leafy greens such as lettuce or spinach as a child?

I would eat a little salad, with some needed prodding from my mother, but I didn’t really enjoy it.  Now, I love lettuce of all kinds and like to use a variety when I make my own salads.

Well, I may be older, but that doesn’t mean that my mother is finished with me yet.  The other day she brought over some kale from her garden.

I must admit that I have been somewhat resistant to eating kale.  I don’t have any good reason for it other than a deep-seated prejudice toward dark-green leafy greens.

Kale and Romaine Lettuce

My mother didn’t stop with just bringing freshly harvested kale over to my house.  No, she actually made a delicious kale salad with lemon zest and olive oil dressing.

I was a little hesitant before I took my first bite.  I realized that I really wanted to ‘grow-up’ and like kale and get rid of my ridiculous prejudice.

It turns out that I really did like it!  So much so that I plan on growing my own.

It just goes to prove that mothers do know what’s best for us – even when we are all grown up 😉

I hope you have enjoyed my winter harvest blog posts.  We’ve gone from broccoli to new vegetables and covered how to get kids to like cauliflower

Do you have a vegetable that you used to hate and now like to eat?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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