We ran a variety trial of six Red Russian-type kales back in 2012, and Russian Hunger Gap was the standout. Large, vigorous leaves with red veins, lacking the common purple splotches that other Red Russian kales develop under stress. It weathers the winter months like a champ and produces abundant volumes of raab during the “hunger gap” of Mar-May. Introduced to us by Adaptive Seeds who found this variety at the Heritage Seed Library in England and recommend by Carol Deppe in her book, The Resilient Gardener.
Days to Maturity: 25 to baby, 65 to full size
Latin name: Brassica napus
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!