Kale Red Russian Seeds
Info: Originally from Siberia Kale `Red Russian` was brought to Canada by Russian Traders in 1885. Red Russian is one of the tenderest kales available and a sweeter taste than most traditional varieties. With deeply cut, slate green oak-like leaves, the veins and stems have an unusual deep purple venation, a colouring that intensifies as winter approaches.
Red Russian is delicious raw in hearty salads, e.g. with walnuts, roasted peanuts or chilli flakes, and excellent when used in stir-frying.
General Info: Besides its versatility and simple cultivation, kale is an incredibly healthy and highly basic vegetable. It provides a lot of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, B, K and vitamin C plus a lot of antioxidatively active plant materials. Its high-quality protein and the contained omega-3 fatty acids also ensure that it is always recommended as an alternative to animal fat and protein.
Sowing & cultivation: Kale is very easy to grow and and one of the hardiest plants in the wide and varied Brassica tribe. It tolerates poor soil conditions and very cold temperatures. But Kale does not tolerate heat. Therefore, it is sown in early spring or late summer (end of August) directly outdoors. Sowing depth: 1,5 cm, with a distance of 20-25 cm. Kale will produce a good crop provided that the drainage is satisfactory. As a cut and come again crop you can start removing leaves when the plant is just 10cm high. Alternatively wait till October before you start removing tender leaves from the top of the plant. Once the main crown has been harvested side shoots will form which will be ready to harvest from February to May.
|Botanical name||Brassica oleracea var. palmifolia|
|Sowing||from Feb. in pre-culture, from May outdoors|
|Location||Sunny to partial shade, poor, well-drained soil|
|Harvesting||from end October|