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Kale, Lacinato

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Italian heirloom with blue-green leaves loaded with flavor,

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Also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan Kale, this Italian heirloom dates back to the 18th century, and is an essential ingredient of caldo verde (green broth), a popular soup in Portugal. By whatever name, the sweeter, milder, blue-green, heavily crinkled strap leaves impart excellent flavor, especially harvested young and after first frost.
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65-80 days

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Full Sun

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24-36 inches

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24-36 inches

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Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Fall, Spring

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2-4 weeks BLF

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12 inches

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  • Days To Maturity
    65-80 days
    Full Sun
    24-36 inches
    24-36 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Sow Time
    2-4 weeks BLF
    12 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Kale, Lacinato is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves TEN stars. I started this from seed indoors in early August, and the little guys germinated within just a couple of days, and then grew like the dickens. Transplanted them into outdoor containers just after Labor Day, and they really took off. The flavor and texture is perfect -- like something you'd see (but not be able to afford) at a farmers' market. I'm posting a photo of my first harvest in early October (from six different plants), and also a photo of what two of the plants look like growing on a window ledge. NOTE: We covered all of our brassica in tulle (wedding tulle, found at a sewing shop) to prevent moths from laying eggs. So far so good.
    Date published: 2015-10-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lacinato Kale Beautiful plant with great production. Gave most away. Had difficulty with aphids in late August, otherwise no bugs or disease. As one reviewer has remarked, I will leave plants intact until frost. I would like to experience the milder flavor, but perhaps refrigeration would do the same thing. Will repeat this planting. P.S. I note that those of us living in the Intermountain West really have no regional marker available from the "Region" menu.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Flavor and Strong Plant This variety of kale germinated well sprouted without any flaw. The taste is very strong and full of flavor, even when used in soups, sitr-fry and sauté dishes with other vegetables. My daughter calls them "dinosaur plants" because they look so pretty and unique. Their color is a unique dark-green-teal and is very vibrant. I grew my kale plants next to collard greens and red winter kale. At first the growth rate seemed slow, but as summer progressed and is now cooler as autumn approaches I have to pick it at lease twice a week. I am very pleased with this kale and will for sure plant this next year. Thanks Burpee!
    Date published: 2014-09-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Germination I tried germinating these early with my other kale plants in the early spring but only 5 of the seeds actually germinated in the entire packet, while the curly kale I also germinated with this kale had about a 90% germination rate. From the plants that are actually growing they look beautiful, I like the color that they have. They are growing fast, but I yet have to eat some I'm waiting for them to go through a frost for them to taste real good from what I heard.
    Date published: 2014-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Garden Favorite I planted only 4' of this variety last winter as an afterthought, not realizing how prominently it would feature in my diet. Even so, a 4' row has supplied me with a small bunch of kale every day since reaching maturity in early spring. There have also been days when I gave a good amount away. Germination rate was so good that I had to thin my row. Growing tender greens is Central Texas is like putting an 'All You Can Eat' sign out for pests. I really cracked down this year with organic remedies, (mostly physical). Even so, this kale was hit pretty hard with a two week scourge of small, black and orange beetles. However, as soon as I was able to eradicate them, the kale has bounced back as strong as ever, even though daily temps are now in the 90's. The two photos below were taken March 21st and June 25th. After three months of daily harvesting, the kale look like they are on stilts, but that's actually made it easier to keep pests at bay. Unlike one reviewer, I did not find the flavor to be unusually strong. It has a characteristic 'green' flavor, but that's because it's loaded with nutrients. It's perfectly at home in a salad or a smoothie. I will DEFINITELY sew this plant again in the fall.
    Date published: 2014-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delighted The long thin kale spears are fantastic to julienne & delicious sautéed with other cold weather greens like baby spinach, Swiss chard & white or red cabbage. Narrow, upward growing leaves a take up less space in raised bed garden than broad leaf varieties. I'll grow this variety every year I can find it.
    Date published: 2014-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lacinato Kale Yes, this Lacinato kale does get sweeter once the wheather cools. And, it does over-winter very well! It is a great producer, a very sturdy plant, easy to grow and quite impressive in the garden landscape. It is one of our favorite kales for soups, especially Ribolitta. We also use it everyday in fruit and vegetable smooties. Siberian and Russian varieties are more tender and mild in flavor good for salads and stir fry, but we love lacianto.
    Date published: 2013-04-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lacinato Mmmmm, not so much. Germination was poor, i find the flavor to be quite strong and not very appealing. I have another pack, giving them away. If your looking for mild, delicious Kale, I highly recommend the "Red Winter Organic, it's by far our favorite and it's always in our spring and fall garden
    Date published: 2012-11-16
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