Palm cabbage Nero di Toscana is a deliciously flavoured very tender and juicy kale variety. This variety is called palm cabbage because the plant looks just like a little palm tree. It originates from Tuscany and is also known as Palm kale or Black Tuscan kale. This hardy, non-heading variety produces juicy, very tender and delicious dark green leaves that have the best flavour when harvested young. This variety can witstand even the harshest winters. Use Nero di Toscana in mashed potato stews, in ovendishes, in stir-fries and as a delicious and healthy vegetable.
Brassica oleracea convar. acephalavar. laciniata
Days till harvest
90 - 105
Outdoor sowing (early crop): march - may
Outdoor sowing (late crop): september - october
Germination temp: 15-18 °C
Germination: 5 - 10 days
Sowing depth: ½ - 1½ cm
Plant spacing: 45 - 50 cm
Planting position: sunny
Days till harvest: 90 -105
Start sowing outdoors for an early crop in spring as soon as the soil can be worked (march) or sow in september - october for a late over-winter crop. Sow in a well prepared and fertilized seedbed. Sow thinly in rows 15 cm apart, ½ - 1½ cm deep and cover the seeds with soil. The ideal germination temperature is between 15 - 18 °C. Germination takes about 5 - 10 days, depending on the weather. Kale germinates best with an even soil temperature and even moisture.
Kale needs a sunny spot with rich soil which is slightly acidic. Transplant the seedlings to 45 - 50 cm each after all danger of frost has passed. Keep well-watered and weed free. Protect against birds, snails and other pests. Don't grow them on a site were members of the cabbage family were grown in the previous year.
Kale can be best harvested after a slight frost, because this improves the flavour. Harvest by clipping of the needed leaves, starting from the ground up.