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Kale Cavolo Nero aka Lacinato (35-7)

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The only kale grown in Italy. Wrinkled dark green (almost black) leaves with a smooth edge. Excellent taste; improves after a frost. Very hardy. Usually lasts until January in my zone 5 garden; will last all winter in zone 6b and higher. 60 or so days. Direct seed or transplants anytime after last frost date. Space 10-12 inches. 6 gram pack, approximately 1,500 seeds.

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  1. georgous speciman plants in garden 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2014

    We grew this for 2 years and the second years the old plants went to flower heads, tasting like a broccoli and rapini cross. We blanched them and tossed in garlic oil with lemon juice and served with pasta. My 4 year old daughter ate a large bowl full by herself. Wonderful plants! They need some shade here over the summer, but then we live in central California where it gets to 114 degree F regularly in summer.

  2. Not cold hardy 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Mar 2014

    The flavor was excellent, but I plant kale for Winter use, and this kale just didn't cut it for me. I also was disappointed in the germination. Not enough vigor. Not enough cold hardiness for me to give it another try.

  3. Top Kale in 5 years 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2013

    We tried this kale fresh in a salad after frost last year---it is sweet and delicious.
    Try this prior to frost---I have been doing this for years with kale. Clean and prepare your kale for cooking but before it cooks, put it in the freezer for as long as it takes to get hard.This does not effect the "body" of the kale, but it does sweeten it up.

  4. Love this! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jun 2013

    I have not found anything that doesn't taste good with the addition of this kale -- alfredo, soup, quiche, vegetarian dirty rice. I love experimenting with new ways to enjoy this delicious kale. And it is so easy to grow!

  5. Outstanding Kale 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2013

    I have grown this Kale for 2 years now, and all others pale in comparison. Very winter hardy compared to the others, I have been picking it all winter so far (and it's now February). Not bitter like some others, sweetens after frost, and delicious fresh as baby kale. Makes the best kale chips ever, nice thicker sturdy leaves are great in soups as well.

  6. Excellent Kale 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2012

    I've been growing black kale for 4-5 years. It's wonderful in combination with pasta dishes, but just last year I tried it in a salad with a lemony Caesar dressing on it. I'm an addict. This is an excellent producer, btw.

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