Aojiru is sold everywhere here. A key ingredient in it is kale but finding fresh kale even here in Tokyo is quite the task. Why is this a problem you ask? Well, when you are borderline anaemic and your body functions better when you take in fresh kale then you see the issue. Spinach is everywhere but my body does not like it as much as kale.

Kale in my smoothies, sauteed kale with other veggies, kale mixed with quinoa, there are many ways to make and enjoy this powerhouse veggie. Why oh why isn’t eating fresh kale a thing here?

It has become a hobby of mine to ferret out places where kale is to be had. Amazon.jp, a store called Kale Farm in the food section of the Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro and the farmers’ market at the UN university are places where I have gotten my hands on some. It is pricey. A few leaves (read 3-4) go for 400-500 yen. I hear it is available at a few other places so I will go on the hunt soon.

I just love the leafy green goodness that is kale. It reminds me so much of callaloo from home. I am off to make my favourite smoothie which has the following: kale, pineapple, banana, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar and water. YUM!!

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