Kale Nero di Toscana

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea acephala

approx 400 seeds
Availability: In stock

Cavolo Nero – an Italian classic that has been at the heart of traditional country cooking for generations. Easy to grow and extremely resilient variety with unusual, very dark wrinkled leaves. Versatile and extraordinarily nutritious, it can be used both raw and cooked.

Product Specifications
How To Grow

Sow thinly, but firmly, 6mm (¼in) deep. Plant in rows 45cm (18”) apart. Seedlings usually appear in 7-10 days.Thin out to 45cm (18”) apart when seedlings are about 10cm (4”) tall. The crown of the plant can be cut off at ground level to encourage side shoots.

When To Plant Late Summer to Winter.
When to Sow/Plant Summer, Autumn, Winter
Soil Type compost
Important Note These seeds may be treated with a fungicide (Thiram or Apron XL), do not eat the seeds or feed them to animals. Fungicide treatment is an AQIS requirement for certain varieties of seeds. It does not affect your crops or harm insects such as bees. If your packet has been treated it will be well marked with a warning and the seeds will be dyed a distinct colour.

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Warm Kale & Chickpea Salad

Warm Kale & Chickpea Salad


  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard 
  • 2 tsp maple syrup 
  • Rind of half a lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • Juice of half a orange 
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 3 slices of proscuitio roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • ¼ cup chives, finely sliced


  1. In a jar combine the lemon rind, lemon juice, orange juice, mustard, paprika, maple syrup, parsley and olive oil. Shake until well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a frypan over med-high heat, cook the prosciutto until nearly crispy. Increase heat to high then add kale along with ¼ cup water. Cover with a lid and cook for about 4 minutes or until the kale starts to wilt.
  3. Add the chickpeas and dressing to the pan, toss lightly and cook till warmed through.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of chives.