So if you search back to June I posted a great photo of some Russian Red Kale in all it’s springtime glory. Those cold early spring nights make all the Brassica family particularly delicious as these plants have a tasty anti-freeze system. Then in summer, the leaves become huge but can be bitter and chewier than many prefer. Unfortunately by mid-summer Kale is typically plagued by Whiteflies and that’s when most gardeners throw in the towel and hack their plants down for compost.
As the seasons turn around again and the days become shorter, the nights colder, and the dreaded Whiteflies sleep in their miserable graves, Russian Red Kale comes back fiercely like the Red Army at Kursk. Strip off any old summer leaves and the tasiest new growth emerges. Better than the spring flush, the autumn harvest from these hardy survivors is a favorite treat.