Kale Varieties

ABOUT KALE: An ancient cultivar, Kale is easy to grow and the hardiest of vegetables! One of the most nutritious vegetables, high in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. High in beta-carotene, Vitamins K, A, C, lutein, and zeaxanthin and fairly rich in calcium. The root has been used historically as a medicinal to treat chronic coughs and topically for skin disorders and rheumatism.

 

Red Russian or Ragged Jack Kalered_russian_kale

Very tender and mild, a pre-1885 heirloom variety. Oak type leaves have a red tinge, and stems are a purplish-red. One of our favorite kales. Great flavor & not too strong.   Makes amazing Kale Chips.

 

Lacinato Kale —- aka  Dino Kale – since it looks like dinosaur skin

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This Kale is heavily savoyed (bumpy) with dark green, almost black, leaves – a lot like Dino Skin. The strap-shaped leaves are not curly like regular kale, and add an interesting texture and color to salads.   Lacinato kale has dark blue-green leaves, with an “embossed texture”; its taste is described as “slightly sweeter and more delicate … than curly kale.”  If using in soup, add kale at the end to avoid overcooking. This variety is a primitive, open kale traced to 18th century Tuscany.