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Kale 'Chou Moullier'

Brassica oleracea var. acephala 'Chou Moullier'

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Also known as the Giant tree kale, this species is the tallest growing of the forage brassicas as it can grow up to 240 cm high. It is an heirloom variety with flat leaves that are slightly curled at the edges. The stems are thick, juicy and sweet and the large leaves are often used in stir-fries, smoothies or to make kale chips.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Kale leaves can be harvested throughout the growing period once the plant is fully developed, usually within 2 months of planting. Harvest regularly to encourage consistent new growth. Harvest the lower, outer leaves first to avoid damage to the growth tip. Mulch in summer to prevent leaves from becoming bitter.

Propagation

Seed
Sow in summer in trays with moist compost. Alternatively, plant directly into the well-drained soil and space 40 to 50 cm apart. Germination should take place within 7 to 12 days.

Special features

Crop rotation
Medium feeder. Rotate with other groups of vegetables.

Geography

Origin
Europe, France
Natural climate
Cool to temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Leaves can be used raw in salads and smoothies or cooked as a green vegetable. It is also used make kale chips.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Brassicaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Kale may sometimes be affected by Alternaria leaf spot, anthracnose and black rot. Attack from aphids and caterpillars are also common.

Companion plants

Potatoes, onions, sage, nasturtium, pelargoniums, dill, rosemary and borage

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