This loose-leafed cabbage dates back to the early 1800s at least. It has beautiful, heavily savoyed (blistered), deep black-green leaves that can be 24 inches long. This Italian heirloom is popular in Tuscany and central Italy for making fabulous soups and stews and is one of the most beautiful and flavorful types you can grow. Considered more tender than curled kale varieties. Leaves can be picked as baby greens or allowed to grow to full size. Plants are highly ornamental as well and look great in the winter garden. Height 3′.
Kale prefers fertile, consistently moist, well-drained soils rich in organic matter. A cool weather crop, gown best in spring or fall. Light frosts in fall increase the sweetness of the leaves.
- USDA Hardiness Zone(s): Annual
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-4″ for baby leaves, 12-18″ for bunching