Saving Kale Seed

Saving Kale Seed

 

 

Last year I grew two varieties of kale that overwintered and later grew into massive seed stalks this summer; the dinosaur kale and the curly leaf kale.  The curly leaf kale is my favorite, both in texture and taste.  The dinosaur kale is too tough and bitter for my pallet.  Two years ago I grew the Russian kale, and it was also too tough and bitter.   I’ll probably not fuss with any other kale variety when I grow more kale in the future other than the curly leaf.   Stick to what you like and don’t use up precious growing areas for something you won’t end up eating.

 

 

The kale kept growing well into the late summer, and I was still able to use whatever kale leaves I needed for cooking.  I especially like to add kale to soups and of course there are many ways to sauté kale.  One of my favorite recipes is Kale Yam Stir Fry.  You’ll find it and a couple other favorite recipes on my recipes page.

 

The seed pods didn’t dry out until late July.  When it was time to harvest the seed by releasing them from the pods, I used tarps which make it really easy.  I just bang on the plant and the seeds release onto the tarp making it very easy to gather up.

 

 

For the smaller curly leaf kale I just put the bush down in one of the large buckets and wacked them to release the seeds from the pods.  The large bin type buckets are indispensable to me in my garden.  They are good for so many uses.   I just wish they were of more durable plastic so they will last longer.  It’s not very sustainable when they crack and break and then have to end up in the landfill.

 

 

Saving seed is very gratifying.

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