Brassica oleracea var. sabellica (acephala Group)
Portuguese Kale, Boerkool, Koolsop (Afr.)
Kale is a highly nutritious, fast-growing winter crop that produces leaves that can be large and flat or with tightly curled or fringed edges. This species is known scientifically as Brassica oleracea var. sabellica (acephala Group). Commonly as kale, the leaves can be green or purple depending on the variety. Tronchuda is a loose leaf kale cultivar with a good flavour. The name means without head which is why you don't get a head of Kale.
Kale leaves can be harvested throughout the growing period once the plant is fully developed, usually within 2 months of planting. Mulch in summer to prevent leaves from becoming bitter.
Sow 3-4 seeds 5 mm deep in each spot you want a plant to grow. Thin to the strongest plant. Space 45-60 cm apart in rows 75-90 cm apart. Germination takes 7-12 days.
Medium feeder. Prevent disease with a strict 4-year crop rotation, avoiding planting Brassicas in the same spot more than once every four years.
Cool to temperate
Loam, Compost, Clay, Chalk, Sand
Soil PH preference
Fresh, cooked or juiced or even popular as crisps!