Peaceful Valley Certified Organic Kale Red Russian Seed Description
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Kale - Red Russian
Brassica oleracea (Acephala group) Biennial
Heirloom. This rare, gourmet variety has red-purple veins on slate-green wavy-margined leaves. Cool weather intensifies its color. Steamed lightly, the frilly leaves make an attractive garnish. If using in soup, add kale at the end to avoid over-cooking.
Did You Know? Kale is a great source of vitamins A, C, and k, and minerals, containing twice the amount of vitamin C as an equivalent portion of orange juice and more calcium than milk!
Soil and Water: Kale will thrive in any moderately fertile soil with good drainage, organic matter, and a pH range of 5.5-6.5. It needs regular, even watering to avoid bitterness.
Planting and Growing: Kale grows best in cool climates and may survive winter. Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost of seed directly as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant mid-July for fall harvests.
Harvesting and Storage: Harvest young leaves for salads. older leaves are best steamed or cooked. Unlike most kale varieties, Red Russian is sweet flavored even before a frost.