Lacinato kale aka Dinosaur Kale -Orgnic, Heirloom Grown in Italy since the 18th century ! Lacinato kale variety is also known as Dinosaur kale, Tuscany or Tuscany Black kale, Tuscan cabbage and Italian kale. The leaves are long, slender, dark green, savoyed, and have a bumpy surface. Plants grow up to 24" tall. Good variety for baby leaf and bunching.
- Cool season annual
- Maturity: Approx. Microgreens, 20-25 days for baby leaf, 50-60 days to mature
- Planting season: Spring or fall
- The tender young leaves can be eaten raw in salads, prepared in soup such as minestrone and ribollita, added with pasta, boiled, sautéed, or baked as kale chips. The broad mature leaves are deribbed and usually blanched first, and then sautéed with other, flavorful ingredients such as anchovies. Kale has become a popular vegetable due to its nutritional value and health benefits."Dinosaur" Leaves, Savoyed and Flavorful!
62 days from setting out transplants.
Heirloom. Good looks and great taste combine in Lacinato kale, which makes a striking addition to any garden setting. Dark blue-green to black leaves often have a heavily crinkled texture, which inspires one of its many common names, dinosaur kale. The flattened leaves are perfect for making kale chips. This kale dates to 18th-century Italy, which is why it’s also called Tuscan kale. Thomas Jefferson grew it in his garden at Monticello.
Kale is a super food, and Lacinato leaves extend excellent health benefits, lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer, and decreasing inflammation. Prepare leaves steamed, sautéed, or roasted. Kale is a classic fall flavor and combines nicely with garlic, peppers, chickpeas, sausage, squash, and apples.
A cold-hardy vegetable, kale leaves sweeten after frost. In northern regions, leave a few plants in the garden to harvest after the snow flies.
Grow the same delectable kale that has been a mainstay of Italian cuisine and international fine dining since the 1700's! Lacinato Kale (also known as Dinosaur Kale, Tuscan Kale, and even Flat Black Cabbage!) is an heirloom variety that delivers the best tasting leaves you will ever eat, all on vigorous, high-yielding plants that love a little frost.
Even if this kale weren't so delicious, growing the plants would be fun. They're just so bold -- the leaves are very long and slender, reaching 2 feet long but just a few inches wide, with a heavily savoyed texture that looks almost bubbled. Depending on the time of year and the temperature, they range from blue-green to darkest forest-green to nearly black.
And these leaves are harvested from underneath, at the base, so that after you've picked a good many, you're left with a plant that looks like a mini palm tree -- leading to another of Lacinato Kale's many nicknames, Palm Tree Kale! Expect to do plenty of harvesting, too, over the long season of this robust plant!
Lacinato Kale is prepared just like other varieties. Although it can be eaten raw, it is more frequently blanched and then used in soups, stews, casseroles, and side dishes. It holds up well to reheating, keepig both its color and flavor nicely.
Begin the seeds indoors, transplanting when they have at least 2 sets of true leaves. Space the plants 3 feet apart in sun-soaked, light soil. Frost sweetens the flavor.
Cultivation: Prefers full sun in spring and fall, but can benefit from light shade during hot weather. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. For spring crops, start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, and transplant after danger of all frost. For fall crops, direct sow 2-3 months before first frost. Keep soil moist. When plants reach 12" tall, start harvesting the outer leaves, leaving 3 inner layers to support further growth or harvest entire mature plant. For baby leaf production, direct sow 1/4-1/2" deep in a 2-4" wide ban.