Kale Black Tuscany (Cavolo Nero) microgreen has a lovely mild, sweet flavour. In fact, it has been said that Kale Black Tuscany is considered the best tasting of all kale varieties. This variety is also known to be the most antioxidant-rich food on the planet!
Kale Black Tuscany is one of the easiest microgreens to grow and is suitable for those that are new to growing microgreens/sprouts.
Kale Black Tuscany can be grown as a microgreen and a sprout.
Culture for Growing Kale Black Tuscany Sprouts:
Wide mouth jars
Kale Black Tuscany Seeds
Soak the seeds in water at room temperature - there should be enough water to cover the seeds. When choosing a container to soak your seed in bear in mind that seeds swell up to 4 times their original size during this period. The seeds should be left for roughly 12 hours as a guide, beans and grains need at least this length of time and smaller seeds may need less. Soaking is how we begin the sprouting process in most cases. Then drain the seed and follow the instructions below.
- Make sure that the jars are super clean and sterile
- Use a screw top lid and simply drill or punch several holes in the lid but not too large, the water needs to be able to drain, but not the seed!
- An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
- Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
2. Use water that is at room temperature water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Coldwater can also slow the germination process
3. Don't put too much seed in the jar, allow the seed sufficient room to expand insufficient space will lead to mould issues as air cannot circulate sufficiently
- After the initial soak of 8-12 hours, the water needs to be emptied and filled back up with room temperature water
- Turn the jar upside down and let the water drain out, the seeds should be left damp and not swimming in the water
- Rinse 2-3 times per day with room temperature water
- After day 3 move to a well-lit location
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest
- Harvest on day 5 or 6, when the leaves are open and most are green
- De-hull before refrigerating
Culture for Growing Kale Black Tuscany as a Microgreen:
3 x Growing trays
- Sow 2-3 teaspoons of seed for a half seed tray on thoroughly moistened medium
- Cover your crop with another tray - to keep light out and moisture in.
- Keep your compost moist by watering lightly as needed. Don't drench!
- Use Coconut Coir and you likely won't have to water at all after planting
- When your plants have begun to show leaves, remove the cover and move your crop to a well-lit location.
- Harvest when the leaves are open and 2cm - 7cm tall (day 5-14).
- Cut just above the medium, with scissors or sharp knife.
Did You Know?
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