Types of Kale

Types Of Kale

Types of kale are not all the same; some are tough like Kamone red kale, Dinosaur and Siberian kale that look more like weeds while other types of kale are sweet and tender like Premier and Curly kale.

\Kale was the most grown vegetable in Europe until around the 15th century when it was exported through trade throughout the rest of the world. Plant breeders altered curly and flat leafed varieties of kale to produce many of the modern kale we see today. All types of kale are classified by leaf type; curly leaved, cavolu, spear, plain leaved and rape with leaf colors range from light to dark green and purple to dark brown.

 

 

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Premier Kale

Premier Kale is an early variety that is great for a salad green or on sandwiches. This leaf variety can be harvested in just 60 days and features light green scalloped edged leaves. Also known as the early hangover, Premier Kale is best planted in the fall, which will increase production the following spring. Premier Kale looks a lot like a Brussels Sprout plant and grows to about the same size.

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Kamone Red Kale

Although edible, Kamone Red Kale is primarily grown as an ornamental plant. This fringed leaf type of Kale is distinguished by its beautiful red center surrounded by bright shiny green leaves. It forms a head about 12 inches in size and will produce seed after approximately 90 days. The red leaf coloring begins when night temperatures fall below 55 degrees for two to three weeks in a row.

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Siberian Kale

Siberian Kale mostly have come out of Northern Europe and Northern Asia. Red Russian and Siberian Kale are the two most well known of these types of kale in the United States and Canada. They typically are more tender and have a milder flavor than the curly kales and are therefore better on salads. The dwarf variety produces short compact plants which make them ideal for garden containers.

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Dinosaur Kale

Dinosaur Kale is classified as the spear type of kale featuring dark green leaves that have a nutty almost earthy flavor. Dinosaur Kale, also known as Black kale and Tuscan kale, gets its name from the bumps on the leaves that seem to resemble the skin of a dinosaur - like we know what that looks like! It is an heirloom variety with probably the darkest color of leaves of any of the other types of kale.

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Curly Kale

Curly Kale is the most widely grown of all the kales and is popular for cooking. Curly Kale as its name suggests has frilly leaf edges and features a lighter green color than most other kales. It usually forms a head at its center with the outer leaves peeling away from the inside out. Great for containers, Curly Kale will continue to produce as you cut it back with each harvest.

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Growing Kale

Kale is the perfect container plant, easy to grow and little work to take care of and is the most nutritionally packed vegetable, with more vitamins and minerals than spinach

 

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