Lacinato is a rare variety of kale with a long tradition in Italian cuisine, especially that of Tuscany. It is one of the traditional ingredients of minestrone and ribollita. Known also as Tuscan kale, Tuscan cabbage, Italian kale, Dinosaur kale, cavolo nero, black kale, flat back cabbage, palm tree kale, or black Tuscan palm, this heirloom dates back to the 1800’s.
A most elegant addition to the ornamental vegetable garden. This stunning, pre-historic and palm tree looking kale has long, leaves that shoot from the central stem like the plumes of an ostrich. It boasts a blackish dark blue-green color that alludes to its high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. When cooked, these hearty leaves have a slightly sweeter and more delicate flavor, and are better able to retain their firm texture compared with curly kale. This kale is highly resilient to growing and temperature conditions making it a breeze to grow. Because of its taste, it has been called "the darling of the culinary world". 60 - 65 days.