Kale doesn’t grow on trees, guys. Literally. It grows from a seed. And thanks to the superfood’s increased popularity, getting those seeds has reportedly become both difficult and pricey.
Clearly looking to turn kale’s hip culinary status into news gold, CBS Money Watch decided to dig into the status of the current kale market. Though some experts believe that the leafy green’s popularity is starting to plateau, that doesn’t offer much solace to kale farmers who are still paying an arm and a leg to get their hands on those coveted kale seeds.
“Seed prices are through the roof,” New Jersey kale farmer Ryan Flaim told CBS. "The price has probably gone up 80 percent over the past three years." Wesley L. Kline, an agricultural extension agent also based in Jersey, agreed: “Seed companies are scrambling to meet demand.”