Lacinato Kale

$1.50

Brief description:

This Italian heirloom is also known as ‘Dinosaur Kale’ due to the texture of its leaves. Lacinato Kale has heavy wrinkles that are 3″ wide. Lacinato Kale leaves have a mild flavor and are good steamed or boiled; many also enjoy making kale chips when fully matured. Baby leaves can be harvested as soon as 30 days and can be used raw in a salad, while mature leaves are ready in 60 days.

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Lacinato Kale
Days to Full Maturity: 60 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate

Minimum Seed Count: 200

Lacinato Kale is a high innutritious and is part of the mustard family. The leaves are crumbly and dark green and are considered by some to be the best-tasting kale. This kale doesn’t get bitter and is slow to bolt. Lacinato Kale is great steamed, in salads, soups, and can be easily frozen for storage. Like many other kales, frost improves the flavor of the kale making it amazing for fall and winter gardening. Ensure that your water well during hotter months, but do not overwater. Black Magic Kale is high in nutrition and antioxidants. Containing beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium. Lacinato Kale is known for its antioxidant properties that are said to be anti-inflammatory. According to Wikipedia Kale contains sulforaphane which is said to have anti-cancer properties.

How to grow:

Since kale thrives in cool weather and is sweetened by frost, it grows best as a fall crop. For an earlier crop in areas with a cool summer, sow Lacinato Kale seeds in early spring or fall; plant three seeds in a cluster, 1/2″ deep and 16-18″ apart in rows 2-3′ apart. Thin the clusters to the strongest plant when the seedlings emerge. Kale appreciates very rich, moist soil that drains well since they taste best when allowed to grow quickly. For a fall crop, plant Premier Kale seeds in the same way about three months before the first expected frost. Kale can be harvested by trimming leaves or harvesting the entire plant. For companion planting benefits, plant kale with cabbage or potatoes. Remember to apply much to help deter weeds. If planting in the fall or winter place a thick layer of mulch will help protect the plant sufficiently, even in colder climates and keep the soil moist, stop watering after the first frost. Tolerant of hot and cold weather. Leaves can still be harvested for eating without damaging the seed development after the plant starts producing flowers.

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