Blue green leaves tinged reddish and with purplish-red veins, tender sweet and mild flavour, use in salads when small, excellent boiled greens, known since 1885, vigorous plants 45-90cm, hardy to -10°C. 50-60 days.
A primitive vegetable from the Mediterranean area. High in vitamin A, young leaves used like lettuce, older leaves cooked, like cabbage. Likes well drained soil with near neutral pH and sunny spot. Keep well watered. Mature plants tolerate frost. Sow late summer, autumn. Frost hardy.
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