THE STORY: AKA Tuscan, Lacinato and Dinosaur Kale, has a deep green hue and crinkly-yet-palatable leaf that makes it popular pick among chefs, home gardeners, and vegetable lovers. As member of the Brassica oleracea species, Dino kale is kin to broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, and has a milder flavor than some of the Russian kale varieties. While it isn't quite as cold hardy as its kale cousins, it usually survives most of the winter under a blanket of row cover and snow. The seed we sourced for this particular kale variety was selected after trialling several other sources, and we chose it for it hardiness, vigor, and broad leaves.
USE: Use mature leaves in salads if marinated in an acidic dressing. The flavor is great in pasta dishes, or alone with garlic and olive oil.