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What kind of kale is this?

thursday Jan 8, 2012 10:27 AM

I bought some kale at the farmer's market, but I have no idea what kind it is - It has broad flat leaves that ruffle a bit especially around the edges. It's deep, even bright, purple on the front, and green on the back. It looks a lot like dinosaur kale, except it's not as tough, purple rather than deep green or black, and doesn't curl nearly as much. I've been googling for hours - any ideas? The pic below shows one leaf face up with a folded leaf on top so you can see the green backside.

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  1. chefj RE: thursday Jan 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    I do not think that is Kale it looks like Purple Mustard Green.

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      thursday RE: chefj Jan 8, 2012 11:22 AM

      So it does. Darn it. Someone should tell the farmer...ah well. Guess I'll save my kale recipe for next week and try something with mustard greens instead. Thanks, chefj!

      1. re: thursday
        drongo RE: thursday Jan 8, 2012 11:42 AM

        You could use mustard greens in a kale recipe... will be more pungent though.

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          Val RE: drongo Jan 8, 2012 02:50 PM

          And Mustard greens' flavor is so very different from kale, too! One bite should tell you all you need to know! But I love the purple color of those mustard greens and don't think I've ever seen purple mustard greens!

          1. re: Val
            Eldon Kreider RE: Val Jan 8, 2012 02:56 PM

            I have grown purple mustard. Seed is readily available and is sometimes used in mesclun mixes.

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      magiesmom RE: thursday Jan 8, 2012 02:09 PM

      dinosaur kale should not be tough, btw.

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      1. re: magiesmom
        chefj RE: magiesmom Jan 8, 2012 03:50 PM

        In comparison to the mustard greens it is much more sturdy(tough).

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