Finding Green Leafies in Denmark
It’s no secret that dark green leafies are the kings of all vegetables containing the highest nutrient density. Unfortunately, they are hard to find in Denmark. Since most produce is seasonal and local or very selectively imported it can make for slim pickings when it comes to variety in produce. This is great especially if you subscribe to the macrobiotic diet of eating locally-grown grains and vegetables. However, it can be limited and as a result I haven’t been able to find veggies like kale, collard greens, Bok Choy, watercress, mustard and turnip greens and Swiss chard.
In my quest for improving my diet and nutrition, I learned some valuable dietary lessons from Dr. Joel Furhman, author of a great book entitled, “Eat to Live.” Since then I have gained a completely new attitude towards vegetables and discovered their power first-hand in my life. Some may even say that I am obsessed with vegetables. It’s not really so much of an obsession as it is a realization of their effect on how I feel and function. I just have never put as much emphasis on them before. In addition, my juicing project has been going very well and I am ready to advance to the stage where I can start juicing greens.
So, I sent an S.O.S. to an international group I belong to, L.I.N.K. of Denmark (Ladies International Group) asking if anyone knew where I can find these prized veggies. I received so many great tips that I decided to list them here in the event that there are others like me on the hunt for green leafies.
Where to Find Green Leafies in the Copenhagen area:
- All the asian markets are located in Vesterbro (right beside Hovedbanegården-Main train station). I know for sure you can find Bok Choy in the Chinese Market store; as for the other veggies, there is a good chance you can find some of them either on that street or in the surrounding area. There are ethnic grocers sprinkled throughout that neighbourhood.
- There are two organic farms near me. Here are their websites:
http://www.grantoftegaard.dk – in Ballerup
http://www.stengaardenoko.dk – near Farum
There are lots of organic farms all over Denmark, with farm shops. Here is a link where you can find the ones closest to you: http://www.okologi.dk/Eksterne/besog/Default.asp
The only way to get greens year round is in Chinese and Thai markets. There are good ones near the main train station – Chinatown Market and Bangkok Trading – in Reventlovsgade. They have bok choy and other greens that are nice – Chinese broccoli (gai lan) and another green called choy sam.
I‘m a vegetarian and have been on the lookout for greens since I came here 14 years ago. It’s tough to find them. You can only get kale when it’s in season, from fall to early spring. Good health food stores and some supermarkets (Irma, Super Best, Brugsen) may have it.
Have you tried the veg handlers behind central station? There are a lot of ethnic shops here where you can buy most things. Bok Choy is no problem to find there. There is a Pakistani place across the road where if you take the side enterance, and walk in the direction away from Vesterport. This area is actually safer than people think and there are some nice cafes on halmtorvet. Down Istegade you will find Chinese and Thai and Phillipino supermarkts – these are about 10-20 minutes up the road past all the sex shops. You can also walk down Nørrebrogade from Nørrebro station and you will come across lots of ethnic food places that have all sorts of amazing stuff, that you can just cannot find in Brugsen. :))
Thanks for all those that gave this great info! I leave you now with a short video of a presentation given by Dr. Furhman about Nutrition Density: