Growing Different Types of Kale: 8 Varieties & their Usage

Have you ever thought of growing kale in your home garden? In my gardening experience, I observed that numerous farmers love to grow kale in their home gardens. Kale is one of the amazing adaptable vegetables that lighten up not only your garden area but also your kitchen. Why so? Kale can be used for culinary uses.

Key takeaways:

  • There come various types of kale.
  • You can choose which kale suits your location and you can go for it. Some of the top types of kale are Red Russian kale, Black magic kale, Redbor Kale, Dazzling blue, Ornamental kale, and many more.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s begin the guide but make sure you read the full guide so that you coem to know about all the different types of kale.

What is Kale?

Kale is one of the plants that come in shades of green. It is an edible variety that belongs to the brassica family. Some of the cousins of kale are cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, etc. Kale can be easily added to your diet in the form of salad, soups, salsas, etc.

You will be happy to know that there are various types of kale that can be chosen by you as per location and other factors. Some of them are in shades of white, yellow, green, red, purple, etc. It even has various vitamins that boost your body.

types of kale
1. Antioxidants
2. Vitamin C
3. Vitamin K
4. Iron
5. Indole-3-Carbinol
6. Vitamin A

Growing Different Types of Kale: 8 Varieties & their Usage

1. Dazzling Blue

It is one of the Different Types of Kale that is every farmer’s favorite choice. Dazzling blue is a hardy cultivar that feeds you with bluish-green leaves. It is the attractive plant that shops purplish shades too which grabs the attention of trespassers.

Have you thought of growing this versatile variety in your home garden? If yes, then you are going to gerat. The scale variety can be eaten raw and even cooked. This variety of kale becomes fully mature within 30-60 days.

This variety is about 12-14 inches wide and about 24-48 inches long. Isn’t it sound amazing? Then what are you waiting for? Start growing this Type of Kale in your area to add elegance.

2. Red Russian kale

Another type of kale is the red Russian which is also a popular variety of kale. It produces red and purplish-colored stems that are flat and give green-colored leaves that will resemble oak leaves. You will be happy to know that this type of kale tends to grow faster in comparison with others.

Red Russian kale will become fully mature after 60 days of growing. Feed them with sufficient sunlight so that they thrive well. One of the reasons behind the love of people for growing red Russian kale is the versatile nature of the plant.

You will observe the firm leaves of the plant which are yummy. The leaves of this type of kale can be used in any dish.

3. Redbor kale

What about red bor kale? Do you know what it is? It is one of the types of kale that develops burgundycolored leaves in the plant. It looks eye catchy and has various benefits.

This variety of Kale can attain a height of 5 feet long. It has the potential to add a gerat texture to your garden area.

If you have eaten cabbage before, then you will observe that the taste of red or kale is like cabbage. You can use this kale by cooking it. You can use the amazing variety in the form of salads too.

4. Siberian kale

It is another types of kale that is a cold hardy variety. This variety of kale feeds you with grayish-green-colored leaves. It is one of the winter varieties to grow in your home garden. When you will cook this kale, it will taste great in comparison to its raw form.

Why not add the amazing type of Kale named Siberian kale in the form of saute? You can use it with onions and red peppers which will add a great taste to it. You can use it with red peppers as I explained in the previous guide. So, what else do you need? Go and start growing this type of kale in your home garden to enjoy its benefits.

1. Kale is the snow-hardy variety.
2. Kale will suit you best in pots or containers if you lack space.
3. The small leaves of the kale can be used for harvest.
4. It is the variety that is easy to grow together.
5. It is easy to harvest the kale at all phases.

5. Ornamental kale

Have you ever heard of the amazing types of kale that is ornamental kale? This type of kale is grown by people so that they can use it for decorations.

It will look like flowers in the center white color to pink color. It will look great look in the decorations. As you heard the name ornamental, it is not said that the plant can not be eaten.

You can enjoy the benefits of ornamental kale in the form of cooking and even decorating your area.

Though the plant is not as tasty as others. What about adding it to your daily meal? Yes, it would be great. It will boost the vitamin level in your body.

6. Flat leaf kales

Wait…Wait…Wait…Where are you running? Flat-leaf kale is another types of kale that are grown almost in every home garden in the United States.

It is an easy-to-grow crop. It feeds with big leaves and grows larger than the curly varieties.

What about adding flat-leaf kale to your diet? Yes, it will play a great role in it. You can eat this variety of kale in the form of salads, soups, stews, sauces, etc. It includes the Siberian kale that is explained above.

7. Black Magic

Black magic is the variety of kale that produces green-colored leaves. It is one of the heat-tolerant plants that will become your favorite choice for sure. But why is it known as black magic?

If you know then it’s great. If not, then you should know this variety of Kale-produced dark green colored leaves that looks black almost, that is why it is known as black magic.

This variety will add an eye catchy look to your home garden. When you will at them fresh, then they will add a fresh taste to the dish. You will use them in short cook dishes such as you can stir fry them.

8. Premier

Last but not least, Premier is another type of kale that can be grown by you in your home garden to enjoy its benefits. It produces amazing green-colored leaves that are smooth. The size of the leaves is about 15 inches. It is one of the heirloom cultivars that can add a refreshing moment to your diet.

What about adding Premier to your diet? It would be great as I used this variety and it amazed me with its results. It is the cold tolerant plant that produces a high yield. Premier will attain maturity in 60 days. If you are looking for the type of kale that can be grown in pots, then growing Premier is best for you.

Concluding lines

In this guide, you come to know that Kale is one of the amazing adaptable vegetables that lighten up not only your garden area but also your kitchen. There come various types of kale. You can choose which kale suits your location and you can go for it. Some of the top types of kale are Red Russian kale, Black magic kale, Redbor Kale, Dazzling blue, Ornamental kale, and many more. Read the full guide to understand it properly.

Thanks for reading! Happy gardening!


1. Which kale is most bitter?

You might have heard of curly kale, if yes, then you should know it is one of the bitter kale as it has a peppery flavor that triggers the mind bitterly.

2. Which kale is best for a salad?

One of the best types of kale for salad purposes is Tuscan kale as it tends to have a mild taste which sweetens the dish. People used to eat Tuscan kale raw.

3. How many years will kale grow?

Kale will grow in your home garden for about two years if you keep maintaining the plant. It tends to develop the leaves in its first year and then forms a flower stalk in the next year and when the seeds of the Kale become mature, the plant begins to die. 

Becky Decker

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