Is Hemp the Next Kale?

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There is something vaguely illicit about Andrew Whitcomb’s salad at Norman, the all-day canteen at Greenpoint co-workspace A/D/O. It’s not the soft, speckled heirloom lettuces, or the bitter chicories, or the dill oil in the buttermilk dressing, or the lemony sorrel that subs for citrus (just the sort of locavore restriction you’d expect from a restaurant owned by New Nordic avatars Fredrik Berselius and Claus Meyer). No, it’s the smattering of fuzzy, minty baby hemp leaves, grown on New York’s first legal private industrial-hemp farm in 80 years. According to JD Farms’ owners, this cannabis cousin of pot is not only high in nutrition and low (under .3 percent) in THC: It’s the new kale.

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On the menu at Norman; $12; 29 Norman Ave., at Banker St., Greenpoint; 347-966-2092

*This article appears in the June 26, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

Is Hemp the Next Kale?