Va­ri­eties of kale

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Kale or borecole ( Bras­sica ol­er­acea var. acephala) is a de­scen­dant of wild cab­bage and is thought to have orig­i­nated in Asia Mi­nor. It was prob­a­bly brought to Europe by Celtic wan­der­ers as early as 600BC where it be­came one of the most com­mon green veg­eta­bles in Europe un­til the Middle Ages.

In the early part of fourth cen­tury BC, the Ro­mans re­ferred to curly leaved va­ri­eties of cab­bage as Sa­bel­lian kale, prob­a­bly the an­ces­tors of mod­ern kale va­ri­eties.

Or­na­men­tal kale and Cavolo Nero are more re­cent. Or­na­men­tals were first cul­ti­vated in the 1980s in Cal­i­for­nia, while Cavolo Nero or lan­ci­nato kale was dis­cov­ered Tus­cany in the late 19th cen­tury.

Rus­sian kale is a dif­fer­ent species (

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