Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Tougher Breed of Kale

This year we planted multiple beds with a new variety of kale that's more suited to the Florida climate.

Most kales thrive during the cool time of the year, but this baby keeps on kicking:


That's Ethiopian kale, a potentially perennial cousin of the kales we normally grow in the winter and early spring. My friends Rick and Mart both hooked me up with seeds this last year and we've been quite impressed with how well they've done in the garden. It's a great green and grows to a solid 4' tall.

Raw, it has a mustardy kick to it that's a little zingy for my taste but still fits well into a salad. I really like them sauteed in home-rendered lard with scrambled eggs. That's a good breakfast.

It's hard to find seeds for this plant but I hope to have some to share in a month or so. It can handle both cold and heat making it an excellent addition to the Florida garden.


Insects haven't been much of a problem with these. I've also heard from Rick that they're prolific self-seeders. Next year I'm going to plant them all over the food forest and see if they'll naturalize.

Once I've done some more growing tests, I'll create a survival plant profile on Ethiopian kale. Thus far I'm quite pleased. If you can find seeds, grow them.

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At June 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM , Blogger jean said...

You will have to let us know how they do for you, David. I tried Kale when we first moved to the farm and they did alright but, after that they didn't do as well. If these take off well for you, would you save a few seeds for me to buy? I'd love to try some.

 
At June 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Mine are so prolific that one single plant will produce thousands of seeds (no, make that thousands of seed *pods*). My largest one grew to almost 7 feet tall, loaded down with seed pods. They most definitely like central Florida's temperate climate.

Rick

 
At June 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

I'll get you some, most definitely.

 
At June 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Aww yeah.

 

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