Our latest YouTube video takes you on a tour of our favorite kale varieties that we’re growing this fall in the Gardenerd Test Garden. See the new open pollinated options we’re trying for the first time, as well as tried and true varieties we grow every year.
Kale is a polarizing vegetable. We are firmly on the side of LOVE IT! Christy shares options for those who find kale too tough, so if you’re on the fence check them out.
Our Favorite Kale Varieties
Looking for kale recipes? Check out this recent blog post.
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Here are the varieties mentioned in the video:
Tronchuda Beira – Portuguese kale – use as a collard or cabbage leaf too
Mars Landing – also from Renee’s Garden Seeds
Fizz – aka houseplant kale
Vates Blue – the most durable kale in our garden, great for kale chips
Hanover – apparently also known as Early Premier – more tender
Premier – a new one for us this year. A cousin of Hanover (some say the same as) and a Siberian type
Dazzling Blue – our favorite lacinato type kale
Red Russian – a trusty stand-by crop – sweeter than most kales
Dwarf Siberian – probably our favorite overall kale – tender and easy to chew
True Siberian – a full-sized version of Dwarf Siberian
Scarlet Kale – this variety shows up a little different every year, but beautiful every time
Lacinato – an old favorite that is popular with most eaters
Red Ursa – a red Russian type, sweet and colorful
Siber Frill – another exotic looking kale to try for fun – great in salads
ThousandHead – a monster in the making