Lacinato, Black or Dinosaur Kale
Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale

Lacinato, Black or Dinosaur Kale

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Dark bluish-green, long, narrow, deeply savoyed leaves.

80 to 90 days — Also known as 'Dinosaur Kale', 'Black Cabbage', 'Black Kale', 'Black Palm', 'Cavolo Palmizio', 'Nero di Toscana', 'Tuscan Black Palm Cabbage' or simply, 'Tuscan Kale'. 'Lacinato' kale is a primitive, open variety of kale with dark bluish-green, long, narrow, deeply savoyed leaves. The plants reach two to three feet tall and will provide a continuous supply of tasty leaves if you pick from the bottom up. It is cold hardy and the flavors become sweeter and more complex after a hard frost.

This heirloom has a history dating back to at least the 18th Century from the Tuscany region of Italy. It was commercially introduced into the United States back in the 1980s by Renee Shepherd. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.
Best Kale Chips Ever
So easy to germinate, and fast growing, too. And the thick, blue-green leaves make for the absolute BEST kale chips - the kids gobble them up as fast as I make them. The plants last well into late fall, and it can be overwintered in the Midwest if grown in a cold frame/hoop house. This variety is a must have in any garden.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Ozark Highlands. on 4/19/2014
Perfect Kale
Just as an experiment, we direct-sowed the kale in mid to late October, under a thin mulch. Nine of ten came shooting up; excellent for sowing directly in the garden. The plants have been vigorous, prolific, and we are still harvesting from them now in the middle of March. The Black Kale has to be the best all-around kale, for everything from soups and steamed greens to kale-slaw and salads.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Phoenix, Arizona. on 3/10/2020
Hardy, Productive
First time gardener. I planted in the spring and harvested well into the fall. They tolerated the TN heat really well without developing a bad taste or anything. I grew them in raised beds in a medium of mushroom compost and pine fines. The slugs absolutely love them, so I put copper tape around the beds. That took care of the slug problem. All in all, they were quite easy to grow from seed and easy to care for. I would harvest a few big leaves every week or so, and they kept growing back no problem. I plan on growing this variety for years to come.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. on 4/9/2020
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