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Kale 'Rouge de Russie' is the longest producer in my kitchen garden. I pick the baby leaves for salad and allow some to grow full-size as kale.
This is one of my desert island veg plants - long-producing, versatile and exceptionally tasty. You'll need two or three sowings for growing all year.
- Easy for beginners
|Genus:||Brassica oleracea acephala|
|Variety:||'Rouge de Russie' (syn. 'Red Russian')|
|Sowing:||Direct sow April to September. Can be sown under cover or cloches for winter salad. Can also be sown in containers.||Site:||Kale are very hardy and grow in poorer soils than other brassicas. They like a sunny or lightly shaded spot, on well-drained soil.|
|Spacing:||10-15cm for salad. 30cm for whole plant for stir-fry.|
|Harvesting:||4-6 weeks from sowing. Harvest all year from 2-3 sowings. This is a cut-and-come-again variety.||Leaf production:||2-3 months||Storing:||Store in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.||Cooking Notes:||This is sweeter than traditional varieties, and can be steamed, sautéed or added to soups/stews/pasta.|