KALE ‘Black Toscana’ - 100 HEIRLOOM Seeds
KALE ‘Black Toscana’ is curly kale variety late-maturing 50 to 60cm tall plant leaves are dark-green black and blistered.
Black Tuscan Kale is large kale with long strappy leaves, with potential to reach 60-90 cm tall. It may have a widespread as each leaf may grow to 2-4 inches wide, with 30cm high leaves on long greenish-white stalks. The leaves have a bumpy or embossed surface texture and are dark blue-green in colour. When the leaves are harvested, or cut away from the base, the plant takes on a fan or palm-like appearance giving it a prehistoric presence.
Black Tuscan Kale is reputed to be the best-tasting kale and is prized by chefs in Italy. Until recently, this leafy green was one of Tuscany’s best kept secrets. This is the kale used for the famous Tuscan soup known as Ribollita, or reboiled bean soup. It has been used in northern Italy for centuries, as an essential ingredient in dishes like risotto, pasta and frittata. The taste is slightly sweeter and more delicate than the curly kale varieties but still retains an earthy component.
This kale is known by several common names including the popular ‘Cavalo Nero’, ‘Nero di Toscana’, the cultivar ‘Lacinato Kale’, Toscano Kale’, black cabbage, palm tree kale and dinosaur kale. It is a Borecole Heritage Variety, having been introduced pre- 1879.
Propagation notes will be supplied with a seed packet.
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