White Russian or Siberian Kale 8 oz

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Siberian kale has hardy white stems that run from the base of the root through the leaves. The leaves of Siberian kale are large and flat with edges that have a ruffled shape. Leaves have a delicate texture and are bluish-green in color. This kale variety is exceptionally tender and offers a mild cabbage-like flavor. Their texture is much more delicate and flavor mild when compared to that of the more well-known European (Oleracea) varieties of kale. Similar to carrots and other root vegetables Siberian kale will develop a sweeter flavor as the temperature drops and after exposure to frost.

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Native to Northern Asia and Northern Europe Siberian kale is believed to be the result of a chance hybridization of Brassica napa and Brassica oleracea. The species Brassica napus is thought to have first appeared in Europe during the Middle Ages. This hardy variety of kale is easy to grow and is tolerant of both hot and cold extremes in weather. For superior flavor and texture though Siberian kale should be grown in cool to cold, frost prone conditions. They can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of its cold hardiness kale such as the Siberian variety has long been a popular vegetable in Europe.