Heirloom! Also known as “Dino Kale” due to its crinkled, glossy, dark green-blue leaves, almost reptilian in appearance. Or perhaps the nickname comes from the fact that the mature plants look like palm trees that dotted the Jurassic landscape. Either way, this Italian heirloom kale has become famous for its great flavor and versatility in soups, salads, stir-frys and beyond. Especially delicious when leaves are young or after a light frost. This crop is staple on any Northwest mixed vegetable farm, as it’s a cinch to grow, a favorite at farmers market, and incredibly cold-hardy. Our best selling kale at market and grocery stores. Origins go back to 18th century Italy.
Days to Maturity: 30 to baby, 65 to full size
Latin name: Brassica oleracea
Life cycle: Annual
Direct sow or transplant as soon as soil temps are above 45°.
Seeding depth: ¼”. Seeding rate for baby leaf: 3-4 seeds/inch.
If starting indoors, transplant at 12-18”.
Row spacing: 18-30” for full size.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!