Unique flat-leaved green kale from Sutherland, in northern Scotland. A true heirloom Scotch kale that is nearly extinct. Many growth tips with medium-sized tender, sweet leaves on 3′ tall plants. Very hardy & resists the worst maritime winter weather, from freezing sleet & cold, to 70 mph winds. Makes the sweetest kale raab in the spring through the hunger gap, even sweeter than collard raab & with many growth tips you get lots of raab. We sourced this from Real Seeds in Wales, who got it from Elizabeth Woolcombe, who was 93 in 2007. She got it from Angus Simmonds, who researched kales in the 1950s for Edinburgh University.
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 or early July for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March – September.
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.