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Portuguese Kale

Tronchuda Beira

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Portuguese Kale

Tronchuda Beira

EXCLUSIVE - Tender, sweet and much more heat tolerant than other kales, this delicious specialty kale comes directly from Portugal where it ...
EXCLUSIVE - Tender, sweet and much more heat tolerant than other kales, this delicious specialty kale comes directly from Portugal where it is a center stage vegetable beloved for its mild but rich flavor and easy culture. Portuguese kale forms 12 to 18 inch tall heads of paddle-shaped, deep blue-green leaves. This vigorous variety offers long continuous harvests. We find it one of the best tasting, most nutritious greens to grow and enjoy throughout the season. 
Seed Count: Approx. 80 / Weight: 0.5 gms / F-1 Hybrid
$ 1.60 $ 3.19

TO START DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN

As soon as ground can be worked in spring, prepare a well-drained, fertile garden bed in full sun. Sow groups of 2 to 3 seeds, each group 12 to 18 inches apart. Cover 1/4 deep and keep soil evenly moist to ensure good germination. Thin to one seedling per group when several inches tall. Sow again in mid to late summer for another cold-hardy crop.

 

TO START INDOORS

Sow seeds in a container of seed starting mix 2 inches apart and cover 1/4 inch deep. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall, then plant outdoors. Space 12 to 18 inches apart.

 

GROWING NOTES

Kale can be sown in spring as early as the ground can be worked. A second mid to late summer-sown crop will yield through fall and winter except in the coldest climates. Frost actually enhances kale leaves’ color, flavor and sweetness. Mulch to retain moisture in summer and before the ground freezes to protect the roots of fall crops.

 

HARVEST AND USE

Begin harvesting large individual outer leaves when plants have 6 to 8 big leaves. Enjoy sautéed, stir-fried, braised or added to soups and stews. Portuguese kale pairs well with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice (see our website for recipes). Pull and discard once plants begin to bloom as the leaves of flowering stalks get tough and bitter.

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - May
August - September
Full sun
1/4 inch
2 inches
7 - 10 days
Approx. 60

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - May
August - September
Full sun
1/4 inch
2 inches
7 - 10 days
Approx. 60

Plant In

February - May
August - September

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Planting Depth

1/4 inch

Space Seeds

2 inches

Days to Germinate

7 - 10 days

Days to Harvest

Approx. 60

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