Kale, Baltic Red (Organic)

Brassica oleracea. 65 days.

Sturdy 2′ tall plants have medium-sized finely curled, red leaves. The whole plants turn a deep purple red, especially after frost. Good yields and very hardy. Mildly flavored leaves turn dark green when cooked. Baltic Red is really quite gorgeous and a great choice for an “edimental,” an edible ornamental. One of the parents of Redbor. An heirloom variety originating, as the name suggests, in the Baltic region of Europe. Given to the Seed Ambassadors Project by Søren Holt of Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed saving organization. Originally from Runåbergs Fröer, a small heirloom seed company in Sweden. Aka, Baltisk Rod Purpurkal.

Seed produced by Wolf Gulch Farm in Southern Oregon.

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.


Sow indoors in flats or pots with good potting soil February – September. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our area kale can grow through the winter without protection, and survives best when sown in June for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March – August.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from 10-50 plants when seedpods have dried down. Cut seedheads, place on tarp, and dance to free them. Collect seeds from pile, winnow to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile.

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