Red Russian Kale Seeds
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DAYS TO HARVEST
35 for baby greens
Direct sow red russian kale seeds ~3-4″ apart 1/2″ deep. Thin to ~10″ apart (and eat thinnings!) OR
Start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost and transplant 10-12″ apart. Recommended to harden off 2-4 days before transplanting.
Last planting should be around end of June for fall crops (zone 5B)
Partial to full sun
Well draining soil with high organic matter – fairly pH tolerant
~4″ for baby greens
8-10″ for bunching greens
~12″ per plant for bunching kale
2-4″ for baby greens
Hardy. Can tolerate frost and over winter in some areas
Bunching greens: harvest outer most leaves for a continual harvest
Baby greens: cut ~1″ above soil for cut and come again greens for 3-5 harvests
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
Sauteed Kale by Sam Sifton from the New York Times
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 1 large bunch kale, stemmed, with leaves coarsely chopped
- ½ cup vegetable stock, white wine or water
- Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and red-pepper flakes to taste
- 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
- Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add garlic, and cook until soft.
- Add kale to the pan, turn the heat to high and add the stock. Use a spoon to toss the greens in the oil and stock, then cover and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, until it is soft and wilted, but still quite green. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has evaporated, another 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and peppers, add vinegar and toss to combine.
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