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Kale 'Nero di Toscana'

A wonderful crop for the winter. The flavour and texture improves once the frosts have started, and this variety is very popular for autumn and winter Italian cooking.
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100 seeds

5 seedlings

10 seedlings

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Neutral - Alkaline
Height
1.2m (4ft)
Group/Species
Italian Heritage
Common name
Cavolo Nero
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
60cm (24in)
Cultivation
Sow March-early August under cover (in individual cells or gutters to minimise root disturbance). Sow direct from mid-April. Keep well watered. Plant out when seedlings are 7-8cm (3in) high, 45cm (18in) apart.

Description

A wonderful crop for the winter vegetable garden. The flavour and texture improve once the frosts have started as its sugars are released by the cold. This variety is very popular for autumn and winter Italian cooking. I love this in a finely chopped topping for crostini, mixed with a few capers and green olives.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Care Tips

Grows best on soil which has been manured the previous autumn. Protect against cabbage white butterflies with fine netting. Firm the soil well around plant base to prevent wind rock and provide stakes to support tall plants in autumn.