Maturity: 60 days
Bred by Frank Morton and brought to the public through the Open Source Seed Initiative, White Russian is truly the king of kales. Similar to other Siberian varieties, White Russian grows larger, faster, and is hands down the best tasting kale around. 2-3’ high plants shoot tender blue green lobed leaves with large white ribs. Tolerates wet soil, frosty temperatures, and is prone to overwintering with good insulation. Tender enough for fresh eating, great cooking green, and freezes well for storage.
From the Farmers
This is a strain that has been adapted to life at 59° north, wet conditions, cool summers, and snow packed winters over the last 10 years. There has been countless success overwintering it amongst Haines gardeners over the years. Some variation has been found in leaf shape, representing the less lobed leaves of a traditional Siberian Kale. We have not found this variation to affect plant flavor or vigor.
We have found that this strain has less leaf matter than Red Russian and we prefer the latter. We won't be breeding this out any more so save your seeds if you want to keep it in your stock.