Ruffled. Crinkly. Curled. All are adjectives used to describe the leaves of ‘Winterbor’ kale.
An Award of Garden Merit-winning cultivar, ‘Winterbor’ is among the hardiest of kales cultivated in temperate gardens. As a group, kales have been cultivated for at least four millenia, originating somewhere in the area of the eastern Mediterranean. Kale is now present in the cuisines of many temperate- and subtropical-region cultures (see regional uses via Wikipedia). David Fairchild is credited with introducing kale as a vegetable to the USA in the late-19th or early 20th century, although it is only in the past few decades that kale (and derived products) could be found on grocery shelves across the entire USA and Canada. The recognition of kale’s nutritional value has played a critical role in its widespread adoption.
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