Tall plants with frilly leaves coloured with a mix of purple and green.
A heritage variety of kale that has been around for over 150 years.
The plants grow quite tall and are coloured with a mix of purple and green. Leaf edges are frilly, though less than those of curly kales. Not only are the leaves edible, but tender shoots eventually sprout from the stems, adding value to a versatile vegetable.
Approximate number of seeds per pack: 50
|Name and origin
Historically, this variety of kale has been named either Cottager’s Kale or Cottagers’ Kale, i.e., as either a singular or plural possessive coupled with the vegetable name ‘kale’. In contrast, our seed supplier calls it simply Cottagers, using neither of the possessive forms nor the name ‘kale’. We’ve compromised and decided that we will sell it as Cottagers Kale (even though we feel there should be an apostrophe somewhere in Cottagers).
In our 2023 trial of Cottagers Kale, noticeable plant-to-plant differences were observed in the heights of the plants; measured in November they varied from about 60 to 100 cm. Likewise, the degree to which the leaf edges displayed frilliness also differed among the plants. And though all the plants were a mix of purple and green, the stem, leaf and vein colourations (both the proportion and shade of the two colours) were not the same for each individual.