Greens have had a serious moment in the spotlight this year, with restaurants from coast to coast beefing up their leafier side of the menu, and not to mention kale, the current queen of greens, earning its very own national holiday on October 2.
But with so much sprouting up in greens, it can be hard to chew through all the juicy news. That’s why we’ve compiled the 10 hottest stories you need to know about greens right now (in no particular order).
That way, you won’t be faced with an embarrassing moment when you have to ask your friends what the Brooklyn Grange is during your weekly kale salad date. —Jamie McKillop
1. Can the food industry handle our addiction to kale?
Restaurant owners and chefs dish on how they’re (barely) keeping up with kale demand.
2. Why wellness experts love dandelion greens
Dandelion greens have been playing understudy to spotlight-hogging kale for seasons now. Why experts say they should regularly star in the center of your plate.
3. 90-Second Interval: Dr. Drew Ramsey on his new book Fifty Shades of Kale
Drew Ramsey, MD, reveals the nutrition-packed green’s sexier side with fifty kale recipes that are “bound to please.” Ahem.
4. Green juice vs. green powder: How they really compare
How does a cold-pressed bottle of green juice stack up to a packet of greens powder? Busy, time-pressed healthy types want to know.
5. 4 juice recipes for great skin from celeb facialist Joanna Vargas
The holistically-inclined facialist behind such celebs as Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts explains why you’re a green juice away from great skin.
6. Ellary’s Greens: A new healthy restaurant you can bring your foodie friends to
At Ellary’s Greens in the West Village, the organic menu includes green juice and creative kale salads to bacon smoked on site.
7. How to grill greens: A top chef explains
Galen Zamarra, the owner-chef of Mas Farmhouse and Mas La Grillade, demos a grilled spinach technique that’ll make you the star of every summer barbecue.
8. Whole Foods to debut a rooftop greenhouse in Gowanus
At Whole Foods’ new store in Gowanus, the greens won’t be farm-to-table, they’ll be roof-to-shelf.
9. Recipe: Candice Kumai’s Dandelion Greens & Quinoa Salad
The “Cook Yourself Sexy” author and Bravo “Top Chef” star shares an easy recipe for dandelion greens that brings leftovers to life.
10. Hyperlocal produce: New York City’s biggest urban farms
The city may be starved for space, but residents are filling every inch they can find with healthy things to grow and eat. Take a tour of New York City’s farms.