This Brand New Vegetable is on the Top of Our List of What to Eat

It’s not often that you get to sample a brand new vegetable. Not just new to you, but new, period.

Drumroll, please. Join us in welcoming Kalettes to the world.


The new arrival, which is a cross between kale and brussels sprouts, is the product of more than a decade of breeding by the British company Tozer Seeds.

They’re cute as all get-out, and they’re more than delish: “A fresh fusion of sweet and nutty,” says the Kalettes website.

With parents like kale and brussels sprouts, it’s no surprise that 1½ cups of raw Kalettes—they should cook down to about a cup—delivers more than a day’s worth of vitamin K, 40 percent of a day’s vitamin C, and around 10 percent each of a day’s calcium and vitamin B-6. And while there are no numbers yet, you can bet on getting a decent dose of potassium, magnesium, and folate. All for just 50 calories.

Kalettes should be available at most Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Or check Twitter or Facebook to see if they’ve made it to another store near you.

What to do with your Kalettes? As little as possible.

Cut in half, toss with a bit of olive oil, then roast (at 400° F), cut side down, until they’re tender-crisp and the leaves start to brown, about 10 minutes. (You can get the same intense flavor by sautéing in a very hot pan with a little olive oil.) Or sauté them with sliced apples and onion and top with walnuts.

How’s that for fast food?

Learn more about Kalettes by visiting or calling (805) 922-6300. doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government funding. Any products recommended by have been vetted by our staff of nutritionists and are not advertisements by the manufacturers.


3 Replies to “This Brand New Vegetable is on the Top of Our List of What to Eat”

  1. I’ve noticed a lot of anti-GMO sites are claiming that kalettes are genetically modified. There’s a huge difference between hybridization and genetic modification.

    “Kalettes™ are the product of 15 years of hard work and dedication (using traditional breeding techniques) from the British vegetable seed house Tozer Seeds. Kalettes are a non-GMO vegetable developed through traditional hybridization and not genetic modification. Known as Flower Sprouts in the U.K., this delicious vegetable has now made its way across the pond and is branded as Kalettes in North America.”

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