The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

Taunton Deane Kale


Truly perennial kales were once less rare in Britain than they are now. They were known at cottager’s kales, and cuttings were passed on from gardener to gardener (and in the process they mostly lost the tendency to flower). But most have vanished from cultivation. One that has survived is Taunton Deane kale from the West Country which was preserved in the gardens at Knightshayes Court in Devon.

It is known for its well-flavoured leaves, the height it can grow to (2-3m), its hardiness, and the woodiness of its ‘trunk’ in older specimens.

As with all brassicas protect from slugs and snails when young, and from cabbage white caterpillars in summer and pigeons in winter.

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