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Jan 8, 2012 10:27 AM

What kind of kale is this?

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

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    1. re: chefj

      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

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

        1. re: drongo

          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

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

    2. dinosaur kale should not be tough, btw.

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      1. re: magiesmom

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