Cavalo Nero (Palm Tree Cabbage/Kale Lacinato)
Brassica oleracea acephala
Cavalo nero is a type of kale (known as lacinato or Tuscan kale, but also known as black cabbage) originally from italy, and is like a cross between cabbage and kale. Grows on a stem rather like a palm tree with the savoyed narrow dark green leaves forming a rosette at the top. It is easy to grow, delicious and nutritious, containing vitamins K, A and C, as well as significant amounts of manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, iron and B vitamins, and is said to have anti-cancer properties. Keep picking for a long harvest - often of many months. Use small leaves finely chopped in salads or use larger leaves like cabbage. It freezes well and is actually said to taste better after a frost. If white fly is a problem, treat with a spray of 1 litre water: 1tbspn oil: 1 tspn detergent. See http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html for more health benefits. Space plants 50cm apart. See also Collards, Kale Asparagus, Kale Red Russian and Kale Squire. 9cm pot containing at least 3 certified organic plants.