What's Growing

Dinosaur Kale

Brassica oleracea var. palmifolia

Also known as Lacinato kale, dinosaur kale grows tall, ranging from 60 to 90 centimeters (that’s almost 2-3 feet)! A dark blue-green, dinosaur kale gets its name because of its leaves. With a bumpy texture, its leaves are like dinosaur skin; and the more it grows big and tall, the more this kale seems like the plants of the dinosaur age.


To keep your kale growing after harvest, you should harvest in layers.

• Pick leaves from the outer layer first then move to the inner leaves. Be sure to pick the biggest and lowest leaves first.

• Harvest leaves one at a time, leaving the central stalk so new leaves will grow.

• While you harvest, remove any yellowing or discolored leaves so that new, healthier leaves will be encouraged to grow.


Dinosaur kale can be eaten like any other kale— yummy in salads, soups, and stews. Slightly sturdier than other kale varieties, make sure to massage your dinosaur kale with salt or something acidic to make it tender.