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Kale January -

Kale

Gracing winter plates with its crisp colours and tantalising textures, this sturdy brassica steals the show as a superfood superstar, says Clarissa Hyman

Kale is rich and earthy, with a hint of nutty sweetness, and a confirmed superfood packed with health-giving nutrients. There is, however, much variation: as agronomist Michael Michaud describes, they can be ‘smooth or blistered, deeply toothed or flamboyantly frilled’. Curly kale is particularly eye- catching both in the garden and on the plate. Green is the default hue, but some sport splashes of red or blue-blacks. Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot of it – kale is the new rocket. All the kales are sturdy souls, resilient and hardy, able to defy winter frosts along with the rest of the brassica family. In fact, as the winter marches on, the texture becomes firmer and the flavour more full-on. In the kitchen garden, it is an early starter and late finisher, providing fresh greens from September through till March. As it grows well in cold, wet places it became famous as a

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    March produce

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    April produce

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    May produce

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    June produce

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    July produce

    Blueberries, Radish, Artichokes and Raspberries are at their best in mid-summer.

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    August produce

    Jump into summer with aubergines, peppers and tomatoes, at their best in summer.

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    September produce

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    October produce

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    November produce

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