Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale
Seasonal Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale is perfect for making kale chips!
What is it, exactly?
Dinosaur kale is the common name for the kale variety known as Lacinato or Tuscan kale. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.
The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around. Although it can be found in markets throughout the year, it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring when it has a sweeter taste and is more widely available.
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts that have gained recent widespread attention due to their health-promoting, sulfur-containing phytonutrients. It is easy to grow and can grow in colder temperatures where a light frost will produce especially sweet kale leaves. There are several varieties of kale; these include curly kale, ornamental kale, and dinosaur (or Lacinato or Tuscan) kale, all of which differ in taste, texture, and appearance. The scientific name for kale is Brassica oleracea.
Try these recipes…
- Overcoming Kalephobia – kale chips and kale frittata recipes using lacinato kale
- Kale Chips Taste Like French Fries, But They’re Much Healthier – perfect to make with lacinato kale!
- Lacinato Kale and Ricotta Salata Salad
- Cider Braised Kale With Sweet Cherries
- Give Kale A Chance