Couve Tronchuda (Perennial Kale)

$3.30

  • Brassica oleracea
  • Seed Packet contains approx 100 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Untreated Seed

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Couve Tronchuda (Perennial Kale)

Couve Tronchuda (Portugeese Cabbage or Perennial Kale) is a lovely kale-like plant, originating in Portugal. Grows to 60cm or more across, with closely set leaves with thick, white, fleshy ribs forming a loose kind of head. The leaves and head are very tender to eat, sweeter and more like cabbage than kale in my opinion. Frosts help improve the flavour.

Traditionally used in Portuguese sopas or sopash which is a stew with meat, vegetables, and spices. Use leaves as you would collards, kales and mustards.

Not at its best over summer and benefits from netting (or spray with Dipel to manage white butterfly) and provide plenty of water. Thus many grow as an annual, but can be grown as a perennial.

Sow – September (or 4 weeks before last frost to late Feb/ early March (cool climate). Plant out after risk of frost has passed.

Spacing – 80cm, 1m between rows.

When plants reach 30cm tall, start harvesting the outer leaves, leaving 3 inner layers to support further growth or harvest entire mature plant.

Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 20 to 24 C (around 5-10 days to germination)

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