Red Ursa Kale
Red Ursa is the delicious result of breeding broad frilly leafed Siberian Kale with the purple-green Red Russian Kale. Red Ursa has moderately wide fluffy, frilly leaves that are almost savoyed. Rich dusky-green leaves are offset by magenta stalks and veins. Grows to 24–30" with profuse growth of leaves that are best harvested young – less than 6 inches.
Vigorous grower and grows back well when leaves are harvested repeatedly. Mild flavor during summer with increased sweetness after frost. Very tasty and useful at all stages of growth. From leaves to flowers to florets it stays tender and sweet the entire time. Frilly leaves add volume to flat leafed lettuce salads and satisfying crunch to sandwiches.
Seedsman Frank Morton won his first award in 1997 for this new strain of highly tasty, colorful and productive kale and it’s been a favorite of knowing gardeners ever since.
Kale is believed to have originated during the Middle Ages from the wild B. oleracea, most likely in western parts of Europe. Kale was listed by Thomas Jefferson as grown at Monticello starting around 1777.
Kale is one of the traditional foundations in minestrone soup. Use in salads, stir-frys and even as kale chips.
Pick the outside leaves while they are tender, and the plant will continue to produce from the inside out. Kale is one of the standard fall and winter garden crops.
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Transplanted into the garden on 28 March. Seed germination was good and plants very healthy at the time of transplanting. The plants continued to do well, were very attractive although somewhat smaller than other varieties but not meant to be a negative comment. Harvesting of leaves resulted in crisp leaves that did well cooked as stir fry or sauteed. Did not do as well raw in salads, having a peppery taste. Overall an excellent kale to grow here in Virginia Beach, VA.