Kale (Curly Kale, Collard Greens, Spring Greens)

 Feed in Moderation
  • Common Name: Kale (Curly Kale, Collard Greens, Spring Greens)
  • Latin Name: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)
  • Family Name: Brassicaceae
Kale has a high calcium content and only half the oxalic acid of dandelions, making it a potentially nutritious food.  

Unfortunately, like all the brassicas, it is also high in goitrogens (which interfere with iodine uptake, resulting in thyroid problems).  However, Kale also has a high iodine content, which lessens the goitrogen effect and it is therefore acceptable to feed to your tortoise in moderation, especially in winter with non-hibernating tortoises, when fresh weeds are scarce.  See Cabbage.
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