Common Name: Vates Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale
|Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea|
|Plant Type: Vegetable|
Soil type: loamy
Height: to 2’
Vates Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale is a blue-green leafy biennial with curly leaves, and edible flowers. It is a relatively low maintenance plant and great for beginners. It is a hardy plant and can accommodate a wide range of zones. It is mainly grown in the cooler weather, but can hold up to some warm days in the fall. Although the leaves can become bitter is too much heat. It can live through the frozen conditions as well. It is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. It has cholesterol-lowering and detoxification qualities to it that makes it a great healthy food.
It really should be cooked as it has a strong flavour if raw. An easy recipe is to steam kale and serve with lemon juice, cooked bacon and butter. It is very similar to spinach in cooking so do not cook for too long as it will wilt too much.
- It is best eaten right after picking (before the frost) but can last up to three weeks in the refrigerator.