Picture a field full of healthy, robust greens, and you are looking at Dwarf Vates Kale. Low, compact plants, this must-have garden green produces endless and consistent quantities of kale, ready to toss in a salad bowl, chop into soup or bake for kale chips. Equally successful in urban gardens as it is in wide-open country, this compact variety can grow just about anywhere.
Although closer in appearance to spinach, beet greens, and some lettuces, Kale is actually a non-heading member of the broccoli family. The short-growing and compact Dwarf Vates variety, a strain from a Scottish heirloom kale, produces the curled blue-green leaves that most people envision when they think of Kale. It's one of the hardiest varieties, and actually becomes more flavorful after enduring a light frost so it's the perfect early spring and fall crop. Dwarf Vates plants grow to be about 15 inches tall and twice as wide and their leaves can be harvested as "babies" or when larger and more mature. Crunch and tender, the kale leaves are a delicious addition to salads and soups, your favorite stir fry, or simply broiled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Dwarf Vates kale stores extremely well and will last in the fridge for a month or more. You can also freeze it! And that's good, because with so many delicious ways to prepare it and so many healthy reasons to eat it, you'll want lots of Dwarf Vates kale on hand. Kale is becoming increasingly popular because it's been found to be one of the healthiest vegetables you can grow. It's literally packed with all the most powerful antioxidants, particularly the carontenoids and flavonoids that have been found to help prevent and fight cancer. It's also loaded with vitamins and minerals, very low in calories, and contains no fat. No wonder it's so often referred to as "the queen of greens."