70 days. Gorgeously crinkled, savoy-type leaves are produced within dense heads. These are round to slightly flattened, and often weigh 3 pounds or more. This European heirloom variety is seldom available in the U.S. It has mainly been grown for fresh use since the turn of the 20th century, when it was a favorite at Paris markets. Usually grown for a fall crop, where its earliness, mild flavor and tolerance to cold are especially valued.
Golden Acre Cabbage
65 days. Very early, high quality sort. Dense, solid heads are very spherical, 5-7 inches in diameter and weigh 3-5 pounds. Plants are very compact relative to the size of the heads, allowing closer spacing than some varieties. Fine for cole slaw, stir fries and other fresh uses; not usually considered an excellent storage type. One of the earliest types we sell, and popular since at least the 1920s.
85 days. Incredibly graceful appearance would qualify Kalibos for the flower garden, but this European variety is eminently useful as well! The conical, long, heart-shaped, 2-pound heads of deep red are on the small side, ideal for a single dish. The color is so beautiful when the leaves are shredded into slaw, and the flavor is mild and very sweet. They’re good keepers as well, allowing you to enjoy your fall harvest well into winter.
Nero Di Toscana Cabbage (Dinosaur or Lacinato Kale)
60 days. This loose-leafed cabbage dates back to the early 1800s at least. It has beautiful, heavily savoyed, deep black-green leaves that can be 24 inches long. This Italian heirloom is popular in Tuscany and central Italy for making fabulous soups and stews and is one of the most beautiful and flavorful types you can grow.
Violaceo di Verona Cabbage
A vintage heirloom cabbage that originated in the region of Verona in northern Italy, with stunning, lightly savoyed violet and green leaves that get more vibrant as the cool fall and winter weather set in. Thanks to an appreciation for traditional cuisine, Italians have preserved this variety from antiquity. Perhaps it is the impressive heat and cool tolerance of these hardy plants, or the beautiful violet leaves, that have kept this treasured heirloom alive despite the general downsizing of seed diversity. Medium-sized round heads mature 120 days from seeding. With violet-colored wrapper leaves and yellow-green inside leaves, they are an ideal choice for a fall/winter harvest. It is frost hardy, and in warmer areas can be harvested until New Year.