Kale, Simone Broadleaf (Organic)
Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 55 days full.
We present to you – Simone Broadleaf! Our second release coming out of the Gulag Stars kale population. This participatory breeding project is inspired by the Culinary Breeding Network and we are happy to have been working with Lane Selman and chef Tim Wastell. We separated out 15 single plant lines of Gulag Stars kale and discovered several monster lines that were shockingly vigorous. After several collaborative selections, we bulked the biggest and best plants into a variable population. Simone Broadleaf has a strong thematic character containing all tasty broadleaf plants of various colors and leaf edge waves. Some plants are dark green and glazed, others are light green and silvery, while still others are tinged with purple or shades of red. If you are looking for a kale that is a breeze to process quickly in the kitchen and/or a kale that is a beast in the garden, Simone Broadleaf is for you. Tim Wastell coined the name and we have kept it to honor all the great Simones out there, from Simone de Beauvoir to Nina Simone.
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.