Kale makes a great crop for overwintering in the veggie garden. But if you’re hoping to harvest an early spring crop of your overwintered kale greens, be warned: it may just bolt (flower and set seed) as soon as the weather starts to warm in late winter or spring.
I started one batch of Lacinato (Tuscan) kale in late summer, and was able to harvest greens this spring, however, a second planting started much earlier (late last spring) bolted.
Thank goodness kale flowers are delicious. No, that’s not doing them justice. They are amazingly delicious: full of sweet nectar that makes them taste like a cross between honey and mild broccoli. In a good way.
Kale blossoms are tasty and oh-so-pretty in a green salad. Just keep the dressing light so you don’t overwhelm their delicate flavour.
I totally love kale blossoms. I also like to harvest the little buds before them open and eat them raw like broccoli, or sometimes if they make it into the house I stir-fry them.
Blackswampgirl Kim says
Pretty AND edible? I’m in!
I have never seen a kale blossom before… must mean I eat all the kale!
I must admit never being a big fan of kale but I may have to try it now. The blossoms are beautiful.
Thank you for the info on Kale flowers. If my kale flowers, I will use them in salads.
Yum – I had no idea – I wish I didn’t yank mine out of the ground already. I’ve let a cauliflower and a broccoli flower – so perhaps I’ll try them.
thanks for the information about the kale flowers. I did eat them while they were green and looked a bit like broccoli, but never thought they’d be so lovely and delicious if I’d left them a bit longer! Will have to do so next spring.