Kale stalks were used to divine marriage prospects in the West Side of Shetland.
Jimmy Johnson recalls the practice of using kale stalks to divine how large a woman's family might be or what shape her future husband would take. The woman was blindfolded and led to the kaleyard where she tied one of her garters to a kale stalk. It was pulled up and hung above her house door. If she was a newly-married woman, the number of shoots on the side of the stalk forecast the number of children she would have. If she was a single woman, the shape of the kale stalk would give her the "peculiarities and shape of a man". Jimmy isn't sure why the stalk had to be hung over the house door, unless it was "maybe to luck [entice] the man in".