Saturday, January 14, 2012

Interesting Plant: Perennial Sea Kale

Sea kale (Crambe maritima) is a clump forming perennial growing about 3 feet high and wide. The plants grey-blue foliage is much like true kale (Brassica oleracea), but the flowers are white and produced in large masses.

Hardy from Zone 5-9
Like Full Sun
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Parts that can be eaten:

Spring Shoots: The blanched asparagus-like shoots are cut at 6-9 inches and have a slight hazelnut flavor.

Flowerbuds: Resemble broccoli heads, are not only beautiful and fragrant but also have been said to have a very good flavor.

Leaves: First and second year plants taste like collards. In the fall, after flowering is complete, the leaves of more mature plants can be eaten.

Roots: can be used raw or cooked, usually boiled or steamed like asparagus and served with butter.

These plants can provide good harvests for up to 10 years!!

Normally not grown in FL I'm getting a pack of seeds to see how it will do in my food forest..

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