Kale is a leafy green that is part of the cabbage family and is an excellent source of nutrition and can be grown during the cooler months in most areas. Harvesting times for kale vary depending on when it is planted and the variety. On average, kale can be harvested as early as 60 – 70 days from sowing. Generally, kale reaches maturity when the leaves are 4 – 8 inches in size. To determine when kale is ready to harvest, look for dark green, crisp leaves. If the leaves feel tender and look darker in color than when they were planted, they’re usually ready to be harvested. For best results, pick leaves from the outside of the plant. This will help promote new growth and a prolonged harvest season. When harvesting kale, use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the leaf off at the stem. Always use clean tools to prevent cross-contamination and spoilage.
When Is Kale Ready To Harvest
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is ready to be harvested when the leaves are big and tender. Here are the main points to keep in mind when harvesting kale:
- Maturity time: Kale matures in about 55-85 days, depending on the variety.
- Size of leaves: Gather the leaves when they are as big and thick as possible without becoming tough and leathery.
- Harvest method: To harvest, cut the leaves off the stem while leaving some of the stem on the plant so it can regrow.
Harvesting kale is a great way to enjoy fresh, healthy greens in your meals!