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Kale: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'

Botanical name: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'

Common name: kale

also known as (borecole, colewort, collard, decorative kale, flowering kale, flowering cabbage, Jersey longjacks cabbage, Scotch kale, walking stick cabbage)

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Kale: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'
Kale: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'
Kale: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 7a thru 11a
Care:
average
Lifespan:
perennial
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Attributes:

edible

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description for "Kale: Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group) 'Lacinato'"

This unique heirloom's thick crinkled leaves are a beautiful deep blue-green that is an absolute standout in the garden. 'Lacinato' has a fine, sweet, full flavor; never strong or overbearing. This distinctive Italian favorite (also nicknames "dinosaur kale" because of its primeval appearance) is both cold and heat tolerant in all climate zones. You can harvest big delicious bouquets of 'Lacinato's nutrition-packed, richly-colored leaves for months to steam, saute, braise or use in hearty soups and stews. Begin harvesting outer leaves when plants have 6 to 8 leaves. Vitamin-rich kale is delicious in hearty winter soups, stews and sautes; or braise the beautiful leaves with garlic and olive oil in traditional Mediterranean style. Pull and discard once plants begin to bloom since the leaves of flowering stalks are not at all palatable. - edited by dtd pbcouchman

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