THE STORY: Kale comes in many degrees of frill, from broad flat Russian varieties--at one end of the spectrum--to the undulating, nearly serrated Vates Blue Curled at the other end. It's the kale often used as garnishes--but what a waste! It's so delicious and toothsome when braised! Also great in a potato-based soup or as part of a stir fry, where its more rigid texture holds its own, never melting away like a less crinkly variety. Plants are compact but productive--harvest for weeks and weeks.
USE: Plant this cold hardy kale in the late summer for a fall and winter crop, it reliably overwinters in zone 5 b and puts on a lot of growth int he spring. A great kale for making kale chips and kale salad, just be sure to marinade with an acidic dressing.