Thought to have been domesticated about 6000 years ago. Ethiopian Kale is possibly a cross between Brassica nigra and Brassica oleracea and is technically a mustard. This easy to grow green is a resilient, durable, delicious and nutritious vegetable, grows year around in Hawai`i and is a great addition to your garden. Similar to common kale in nutritional value but especially high in folic acid and vitamin C.
Young leaves are delicious in stir fries, soups or boiled. Use very young leaves and stems as a micro-green or baby greens in salads. Resistant to powdery mildew. Will go to seed in Hawai`i, but does not cross pollinate with other Brassicas. Seed pods do not shatter easily on the plant; remove seeds by rubbing or place on a ground cloth and dance the seeds free.
Nutritional value: Beta-carotene: low to medium; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: high; ascorbic acid:extremely high; calcium: medium; iron: low; protein: 2.8%. Leaves are rich inglucosinolates.
(approx. 250 seeds)
Maturity: 21 days to baby green size, 40 days to full size
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