Known by many names (including Dinosaur kale, Tuscan Black Palm and Cavolo Nero) this plant hales from Tuscany, although it has been in the US since the 18th century. Thomas Jefferson was growing it at his plantation, Monticello, around 1777. This plant can grow 2-3' wide and tall and has dark blue-green, strap-like leaves of about 3"W x 10-18"L, with a heavily crinkled or savoyed texture.
Although tolerant of heat, this is a truly cold-hardy plant whose flavor will actually sweeten and improve with frost. For best flavor, eat when leaves are small and tender. This kale combines wonderfully with the classic crops of fall like apples and squash. A long-time traditional ingredient in minestrone, Lacinato kale can also be eaten steamed, sauteed, or roasted.
Germination Temperature: 45 - 75° F.
Germination: 7 - 12 Days
Days to Maturity: 30 - 60 Days.
Each package contains approximately 200 seeds.