Kale, Gulag Stars (Organic)

Brassica napus with Brassica rapa crosses. 25 days baby, 50-60 days full.

Incredible diversity unlike anything else. A mix of napus kales that have been crossed with B. rapa. Napus leaf types vary through the color spectrum from brilliant red to green to white Russian types; from super frilly to broad-leafed shapes; from skinny, short stems to broad, thick stems; and multiple combinations thereof. Occasional rapa leaf types vary from turnip-leaf to something that looks like a cross between pak choi and napa cabbage, though we have been selecting away from these rapa variations. Originally bud pollinated by Tim Peters in Oregon to bypass species incompatibility mechanisms. Interestingly, individual plants seem to self-pollinate well making selection of new varieties from the mix easier. We’re working to select new varieties of kale out of this crazy population in collaboration with Lane Selman and chef Tim Wastell of the Culinary Breeding Network. Two varieties we’ve already developed from this collaboration are North Star Polaris and Simone Broadleaf. Both have been released as part of the Open Source Seed Initiative.

As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


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