Cavolo Nero / Black kale

3343EA  Cavolo Nero  500g
3343CS  Cavolo Nero  10x500g

Cavolo NeroKale is one of the oldest brassicas and is generally grown throughout year in the UK. The majority of kale produced in this country is grown by farmers in Lincolnshire. The vegetable we know today is more than 2,000 years old and several varieties were developed by the Romans. In fact, until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables eaten across Europe.

Brassica vegetables in general are known to help with general health, heart disease and cancer, but even among this group kale stands out because it has the broadest range of antioxidants and also the highest levels of several specific ones, including calcium and iron, and vitamins A, C, K and a type of Vitamin E. The fact that kale has a very deep green colour implies a very high concentration of nutrients, which in the case of kale, translates into a range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body.

There are many varieties of kale available from Reynolds, including curly kale, Cavolo Nero (black kale), red Russian kale and baby kale.

Standard varieties involve preparation before cooking, such as cutting out the centre stem out to soften, and then slicing the leaves into strips before washing them thoroughly.

Staples grow Cavolo Nero for Reynolds, within the 14,000 acres of fertile lands across North & South Lincolnshire, Suffolk and the Isle of Wight. Farm production is overseen by George Read (pictured).

George Read StaplesAs well as Cavolo Nero, crops currently grown for Reynolds include Romanesque, Purple Sprouting broccoli and flowering sprouts (Kalettes).

Staples have expanded rapidly in recent years, with the main focus placed on extending the UK seasons.

Staples are custodians of a large percentage of the land that they farm and are incredibly passionate about building for a sustainable future and protecting the environment. The two greatest issues facing growers currently are water and energy, for which the business has invested in 16 winter-fill reservoirs and a network of water distribution infrastructure to ensure that they are uniquely placed to cope with ever more unpredictable weather patterns in the UK.

Staples also combine out of specification vegetables, together with energy crops, to provide the input for a 1.4 MW bio-gas plant. This investment makes their farm 100% self-sufficient in green electricity, as well as providing heating, refrigeration and fertiliser.

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