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Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale

March 1, 2012

Lacinato 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.

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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.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Elizabeth McNeely permalink
    March 4, 2012 9:47 pm

    I like this stuff better than the regular curly leaf kale. It’s more tender and less pungent. It’s also much, much easier to clean. Two thumbs up!

  2. Mary permalink
    March 5, 2012 7:28 pm

    What’s the not kale leafy green stuff in this week’s box? Its had some sort of root bit cut off, but I can’t figure out what it is.

  3. May 13, 2012 6:11 pm

    i want kale chips , everyone seems to love them. I used curly kale, and I did not like the chips . I still want to try kale chips with lacinato or dinosaur kale others said I will like the chips this way. do you all agree? I very much want to make something like this to replace my potato chips.

    • May 13, 2012 7:44 pm

      YES! Melissa, the lacinato “dinosaur” kale would be perfect for kale chips. You can make it with curly kale as well though. Did you dry them for a long time until totally crisp? Otherwise they will be limp and not so good 🙂

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