Ethiopian Kale

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Quick facts

  • Cool season crop
  • Milder than kale or mustard
  • More adaptable, less prone to insect damage than kale
  • Unsung hero- should be more widely grow!

Brassica carinata

40 days.  Thicker, juicier, and milder tasting than kale, this plant is grown in Ethiopia for its dark green, nutritious leaves.  More drought tolerant and adaptable than kale (brassica oleracea), this kale is our new favorite!  It can thrive in climates with hot summers.  Slightly thicker leaves similar to collard, this plant seems less prone to insect damage than standard kale.  We love it eat it raw and cooked. 

How to grow it:

Germ Temp

Indoor Start

Germ Days

Frost Tolerant


Seed Depth

Plant/Row Spacing


2-4 w.

3-10 d.

Yes, light

Full to shade



Direct sow 1/8"-1/4" deep as soon as soil warms in spring for a spring/summer crop. Or direct sow just after the summer solstice for a fall/winter crop. Alternatively, start indoors 4 weeks before transplant. Transplant a few weeks before the last frost. Full size plants hardy to around 15 degrees.

Seed specs:  1 g ~250 seeds