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Cavolo nero, is the only kale grown in Italy and is particularly popular in Tuscany. Wrinkled dark green (almost black) leaves with an excellent sweet flavour which improves after a frost. Great cooked with pasta or in soup .See Maggie Beer's website or the River Cafe Cookbook Green for recipes.
To grow plants to maturity, direct seed in late summer to autumn with 2-3 seeds every 40 cm and thin to one plant or transplant from a seed bed 5-6 weeks from planting. Although at its best when harvested in cold weather, can be grown all year round in temperate climates and picked young for cooked greens and salad. 500g about 150,000 seeds.