Red Russian Kale
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Red Russian kale grows in a large loose rosette shape that ranges from .3-.5 meters tall. This variety is easily recognized by its richly colored burgundy stems and purple tinted leaves. They are flat and toothed like an oak leaf with an overall dark green color and deep red veins. Red Russian kale offers a mild nutty flavor that is slightly sweet and earthy with a hearty texture. When choosing Red Russian kale look for fresh, bright, firm leaves.
Red Russian kale is available year-round with peak season during fall, winter and early spring.
Red Russian kale or Ragged Jack kale is a subspecies of Brassica oleracea, a cousin to other decorative cabbages and kales. It is a cool weather vegetable that produces more vibrantly colored leaves as the temperature drops. Red Russian kale is an heirloom variety that is grown as a biennial in most climates. Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in all of Europe. It has since become a commonly grown crop world-wide, valued for its rich nutrient supply.