Jack Frost was really upset one early Winter. He searched high and low for late veggies to freeze, eventually killing everything in his path that year. He killed the brave leader of the Carrot Army and his soldiers; he attacked the leafy spinach crops that were preparing for harvest in early Spring; and he even found some late Brussels sprouts to bite into. And then, Jack Frost was stopped in his tracks in front of Mighty Kale, a worthy opponent.
You see Might Kale was not afraid of old Jack Frost and his icy bite. In fact, the Mighty Kale was happy to feel a bit of ice on his curly green leaves. He liked the Winter, and its biting cold and white wonderland. He even liked Jack Frost, and his moody character, because without Jack Frost, the kids wouldn’t have that beautiful ice-skating rink in the valley.
Mighty Kale could also see the wonderful ice patterns painted on the windows by a better disposed Jack Frost in the night, when no one was nearby to see him.
Jack Frost was an artist, you see, and the Mighty Kale loved art. But one day, Jack Frost was moodier than ever.
Usually, there was no problem for the Mighty Kale to take rest under Jack Frost’s coat of ice. But this time, Jack was determined to terminate everything green in his way. He couldn’t fight the evergreens, of course. The Christmas trees, and other fir trees only laughed at Jack’s efforts. So Jack Frost decided to pick on someone smaller, someone from the veggie garden.
“Spring is on her way,” he told Boreas, the powerful North Wind. “My subjects are getting restless. I fear mutiny.”
“Nip it in the bud,” Boreas answered, all knowingly.
Jack Frost tried. He built icicles at the roof’s edge, but the kids laughed, and used them as swords and daggers, to play warrior soldiers.
Then, he traveled up the mountain, to fight the fir trees, but they laughed at him: “We are evergreens! Your bite of ice means nothing here.”
He tried to scare the farmers in their homes, but the people just built a stronger fire, and read fairy tales, gathered around it.
Finally, Jack Frost came in the garden, where mom and dad planted winter resistant veggies, he was decided to teach them a lesson.
He managed to defeat each, till he faced Mighty Kale, who stood up and said:
“Jack Frost, enough is enough! Why are you acting like a despot?”
“Spring is on her way,” he told the Mighty Kale. “My subjects are getting restless. I fear mutiny.”
“Your subjects love you,” the Mighty Kale answered. “They are not going to revolt. And you cannot stop the Spring from coming, no matter how many of us you kill.”
“They will not revolt because they are all frozen,” Jack Frost stubbornly continued. “And now it’s your turn.”
The Mighty Kale was not scared. He knew he could withstand Jack Frost’s bite, and low temperatures, but he was worried about the herbs. He was not very afraid for the Winter savory, but the Mint nearby looked chilly, and the Sage was pretty ragged.
“Give me your best shot,” he challenged Jack Frost.
Jack Frost covered the Mighty Kale with a thick layer of snow. Then, Jack Frost heard a muffled voice coming from under the snow:
“Is that all you’ve got?”
Jack Frost got upset: “If it’s not enough, here’s Boreas, the powerful North Wind, to break your spirit.”
But the Mighty Kale was protected from the wind by the thick layer of snow Jack Frost covered him with.
“Blow, Boreas, blow,” the Mighty Kale laughed. “Your icy breath cannot hurt me under the snow!”
Boreas went in his way, but Jack Frost wouldn’t give up. He laid on top of the snow a cold layer of ice.
“Here, this should do it,” he said, getting ready to leave.
“Ha, ha,” the Mighty Kale laughed, protected by the white snow under the ice. “You cannot kill me, Jack Frost! I am a garden super hero. Ask anyone you know.”
Jack Frost had to give up. He didn’t know that the snow protected the Mighty Kale against his icy bite and against the icy breath of Boreas, the powerful North Wind. He believed that the Mighty Kale was truly a super hero.
Sometimes, the Mighty Kale does freeze in the winter, but more often than not, he can defeat even a determined Jack Frost.
But the Mighty Kale was not known as a garden super hero for defeating Jack Frost. He was known as a super food, because his green leaves were rich in iron, Vitamin A , Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and powerful antioxidants.
The Mighty Kale is a super food because it’s great for detoxifying your body, and keeping your liver healthy. Kale is also great for immune system, keeping you safe from colds and other illnesses. And finally, Kale is great to cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy through its Vitamin K, that prevents blood clothing.
If nothing else, if you eat more Kale, you stay healthy in the Winter, and can play outside more, when other kids are hiding, afraid of Jack Frost.
For more stories to inspire you children to eat their veggies, see “Garden Super Hero Tales” on Amazon.