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Kale 'Lacinato'

Brassica oleracea 'Lacinato'

Photo: Kale 'Lacinato'

Photo: Kale 'Lacinato'
Photo: Kale 'Lacinato'

General description

Lacinato kale grows 2 to 3 feet tall and has dark blue-green leaves with an "embossed texture"; its taste is described as "slightly sweeter and more delicate than curly kale. The lacinato variety is sometimes called "dinosaur kale" because its bumpy leaves are said to resemble what dinosaur skin is thought to have looked like.

Plant requirements

There is an ideal soil and site for Kale but rest assured it will grow in almost all conditions, even part shade. It will produce a good crop provided that the drainage is satisfactory. For the ultimate crop, grow in full sun in a soil that was enriched with compost or manure the previous season


Kale benefits from additional feedings of liquid fertilizer during the growing season; the flavor is improved if the plants grow quickly.

Practical use

Lacinato kale, like most other kale varieties, is usually blanched first, and then sautéed with other, flavorful ingredients; in Campanian cuisine,anchovies are often added. It is commonly used in pastas and soups, but can also be eaten raw, in a salad.

In Tuscan cuisine, lacinato kale is often used in ribollita ("twice cooked"), a thick, hearty soup made up of ingredients cooked for a meal the day before.


0 - 90 cm
Soil type
Full sun, Partial shade
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained