Dazzling Blue Kale
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~80
Germination tested 12/2018: 82%
'Dazzling Blue' is a remarkable new kale bred by Hank Keogh of Avoca Seed Farm in Oregon, who worked as a farmer for years with Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds and collaborated with Frank to produce this gem. Dazzling Blue resulted from Hank's backcrossing a variant of 'Rainbow Lacinato' with its ancestor, Wild Garden Seeds' strain of 'Lacinato' (also known as 'Dinosaur' kale or 'Nero di Toscana', which means 'Black Tuscan'). This variety is taking the seed and culinary world by storm, and has begun showing up at markets around the country due to its striking appearance and wonderful flavor. Considered to be the most winter hardy lacinato-type kale. Our seed was produced by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Madison, Wisconsin. This variety carries the Open Source Seed Initiative pledge.
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed 1/4-1/2 inch deep after danger of last frost, or transplant in healthy plant starts. Plants could be 12-18 inches apart in rows 18-30 inches apart.