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Lacinato, Black or Dinosaur Kale (Nero Di Toscana)

Lacinato, Black or Dinosaur Kale (Nero Di Toscana)

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Lacinato

80 to 90 days — Also known as 'Dinosaur Kale', 'Black Cabbage', 'Black Kale', 'Black Palm', 'Cavolo Palmizio', 'Nero di Toscana', 'Tuscan Black Palm Cabbage' or simply, 'Tuscan Kale'. 'Lacinato' kale is a primitive, open variety of kale with dark bluish-green, long, narrow, deeply savoyed leaves. The plants reach two to three feet tall and will provide a continuous supply of tasty leaves if you pick from the bottom up. It is cold hardy and the flavors become sweeter and more complex after a hard frost.

This heirloom has a history dating back to at least the 18th Century from the Tuscany region of Italy. It was commercially introduced into the United States back in the 1980s by Renee Shepherd. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Kale grows best in cool weather. When established, it will tolerate frost. Can be sown in garden as soon as danger of hard frost is past.

Sow seeds ½ inches deep, one inch apart, in rows 24 inches apart. Cover with loose soil. Thin plants to about twelve inches. Avoid disease by not planting where other Brassica (cole crops) plants have grown in the past year or two.

Provides a continuous supply of tasty leaves if you pick from the bottom up. It is cold hardy and the flavors become sweeter and more complex after a hard frost.
Informational References:
  1. "Tuscan Kale," Dr, Andre Weil M.D.'s web site.  Article includes information about the nutritional value and links to recipes.

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