Cavolo Nero – Nero di Toscano (Black Kale)


Easy to grow, decorative and wonderfully good for you and your family

This Italian kale has beautiful dark green leaves and looks really striking in the vegetable patch when its fully grown. In fact, many people choose to plant it in borders for exactly that reason. It’s easy to grow (easier than many other brassicas) and will provide you with leaves for several months. Find out more about growing kale in our growing guide below.


Number of plants: 10

Variety: Nero di Toscana (organic*)

Can be grown in: Kale is best grown in raised beds or a well dug veg patch.

In the kitchen: Add to stews, steam it, fry it up with a little garlic butter.

Can be delivered from: late April to July. Available to pre-order now. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-15 cm.

Ready to harvest: June – October/November

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.


The right site

Kale needs a sunny site with deep, firm, moisture retentive soil.

Can be grown in....

Kale is best grown in raised beds or a well dug veg patch.

How far apart?

About 30cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

Kale, like most brassicas, is fairly hassle free. Follow these tips and you’ll do just fine.


Feed them

Make sure plants don’t dry out – regular watering is important during dry spells. Use a liquid feed once they’ve started to grow a little, as they need a little extra nitrogen.


Protect them

Keep weeds down and cover with a netting to keep birds away

Storage Tips

Harvest kale as you want to eat it – it will store in the fridge for a few days, but is much better cooked fresh.

Ways to cook

We quite like cooking up a super kale and potato hash with a poached egg for brunch. A great start to the day!