I am officially impressed with Ethiopian kale.
This year we planted multiple beds with this variety of kale that’s supposedly more suited to the Florida climate… and found out it was indeed a better kale for Florida.
Most kales thrive during the cool time of the year, but Ethiopian kale keeps on kicking:
Ethiopian kale is a potentially perennial (but not here, we’ve discovered) cousin of the kales we normally grow in the winter and early spring. My friends Rick and Mart both hooked me up with seeds this last year and we’ve been quite impressed with how well they’ve done in the garden. It’s a great green and grows to a solid 4′ tall.
Raw, Ethiopian kale has a mustardy kick to it that’s a little zingy for my taste but still fits well into a salad. I really like them sauteed in home-rendered lard with scrambled eggs. That’s a good breakfast.
It’s hard to find seeds for this plant but I hope to have some to share in a month or so. It can handle both cold and heat making it an excellent addition to the Florida garden.
Insects haven’t been much of a problem with these. I’ve also heard from Rick that they’re prolific self-seeders. Next year I’m going to plant them all over the food forest and see if they’ll naturalize.
If you can find seeds, grow them.