Harvesting Kale Seeds
Kale is pollinated by bees and can only cross-pollinate with Rutabaga. Carefully dig the whole plant up in fall and store in a cool, bed of damp soil over the winter to preserve much of their root system. Then in the spring, replant them back outside. The plant will then regrow and create thousands of small yellow flowers which have a thin pointed pod that holds a few round black seeds. When some pods start to shatter, pull the whole plant and winnow the seeds. Seeds are harvested BIENNIALLY.
Blue Curled Scotch
A variety that is delicious, very nutritious, and attractive. An extremely strong producer – especially in cooler climates. Use Blue Curled Scotch Kale in salads or stir-frys.
Maturity: 60 plus
Italian heirloom that dates back to the eighteenth century. Bluegreen strap-like leaves are 3″ wide by 10-18″ long with a heavily savoyed texture. Excellent flavor that is enhanced by frost. Best eaten when leaves are small and tender. Plant out just before the last frost. Kale is most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest can continue even after snow. Maturity: 70 plus