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Jessica Walliser
September 21,二千零一十七

The popularity of kale has risen astronomically over the last few years and for good reason.这道美味的绿色不仅在盘子里添加了营养和美味的潘趣酒,它也是一种美丽的花园植物。While kale-lovers are probably already familiar with varieties that are long-time favorites,就像红色的俄语,Winterbor and Dwarf Siberian,有很多不寻常的羽衣甘蓝品种很值钱,包括在你的花园里,too.Here are three unusual kale varieties that highly deserve your attention and adoration.

钾甘蓝

在我多年来种植的所有不寻常的甘蓝品种中,科西米表现出了其他人没有的特征:它是一种多年生植物。Hardy to about 10 degrees F,the same Kosmic plant has lived in my Pennsylvania garden for two years now,surviving with just a double layer offloating row cover保护它免受最恶劣的冬天的天气。这是一个双色羽衣甘蓝,中绿色的叶子边缘是白色的褶边,让它既美丽又坚韧。Instead of bolting during its second year,like other overwintered kale varieties eventually do,Kosmic keeps on trucking.每一个生长季节,它会产生几十片多汁的叶子,这些叶子可以根据需要一年四季不断地收获。

In order to grow this unusual kale,你必须从植物繁殖的植物开始,因为当从种子中生长时,这个品种不会返回真的。这些植物是通过商业途径繁殖的。root cuttings,so if you want more of this plant,you can do the same,or try your hand at takingstem cuttingsof the plants.

Red Ursa Kale

Another stunning and unusual kale,红熊是我花园里最漂亮的蔬菜之一。虽然不是新品种,这是我在市场上不常看到的,but it always catches people's attention when they see it in my vegetable patch.Red Ursa has highly ruffled,高锯齿叶,是一个华丽的蓝绿色与洋红中脉和脉络。In my eyes,it's far more attractive than Red Russian,因为它的颜色更深,叶子也更光滑。味道真的很突出,too.I like it both raw and cooked,尤其是在叶子暴露在一些秋天的霜冻中之后。Like other kales,when cold temperatures arrive,the starches in Red Ursa's leaves turn to sugars,味道更甜。

耀眼的蓝色羽衣甘蓝

我想和你分享的最后一道与众不同的甘蓝菜是令人眼花缭乱的蓝色。It's a strap-leaved variety (like dinosaur or托斯卡纳羽衣甘蓝)与其像前两个品种那样有卷曲的叶子,the leaves of Dazzling Blue are long and flat,with a deep,crinkly texture.This plant is so special because not only do the leaves have the rich,dark,blue-green blade coloration of dinosaur kales,they also have brilliant pink midribs.The contrast is absolutely striking.

随着耐寒性的增强,在我花园的大部分冬天,耀眼的蓝色都会产生,far better than most other varieties I grow (with the exception of Kosmic of course).The flavor is classic kale but with a slightly more sweet twist,尤其是在寒冷的天气。

Include these three attractive and delicious kale varieties in your future gardening plans and enjoy months of harvests.As an added bonus,你还可以享受到所有来自朋友和邻居的欢呼和欢呼。Who knew kale could be so cool??


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