Kale is an easy-to-grow leafy green that is packed with vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent addition to a variety of recipes. Harvesting time for kale depends on the type of kale grown, with varieties maturing at different rates. It is important to monitor the size of the leaves, as larger leaves tend to be tough and stringy. Timing also depends on when the kale needs to be used, as mature kale can be left in the ground for an extended period without losing quality. To maximize flavour, taste a few leaves before harvesting to assess the sweetness. Harvesting kale should be done with scissors or a sharp knife to ensure a clean cut, and some of the larger outer leaves can be removed to encourage more growth. Taking the correct precautions when harvesting kale will ensure a tasty, fresh crop.
When To Harvest Kale
Kale is a popular and versatile vegetable, with both a young tender baby version and a mature version. To ensure great flavor and excellent texture, it’s important to know when to harvest kale.
Harvesting Kale At The Right Time:
- Young, baby kale should be harvested when the leaves are large enough to eat, usually 6-8 weeks from planting.
- Mature kale should be harvested when the leaves are fully developed, usually 70-80 days from planting.
- Check the stems periodically to make sure they are still tender, as they can become woody if left in the ground too long.
- Be sure to harvest kale during the cooler temperatures of the day, such as early morning or late afternoon, to get the best flavor and texture.
Harvesting kale at the proper time is essential for maximum flavor and texture. Knowing when to pick baby kale and full-grown kale will provide you with the best crop.