Dazzling Blue Lacinato

Dazzling Blue Lacinato

Crop: Kale (Brassica oleracea)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Hank Keogh Avoca Seed Farm and Wild Garden Seed

OSSI Pledge Date: 10/9/2015

Release Date: 10/9/2015

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety

Description

“Dazzling Blue Lacinato began as “Lacinato Rainbow” off-types from Wild Garden Seed backcrossed to regular WGS Lacinato. This kale has all the flavor of Lacinato, with a bright pink midrib for style. Leaves are waxy blue-green with mild savoy and down-turned margins. Upright, long, full-strap leaves make good bunches. This selection went through the record freeze of 2013-14, showing better freeze resistance than Lacinato. This is Hank Keogh’s first breeding project. Thanks to Frank Morton for his expert advice and guidance. Let Dazzling Blue Lacinato add a pop of color to your winter greens market. This B. Oleracea kale is fundamentally “Lacinato Rainbow” backcrossed to regular “Lacinato” kale. Lacinato kale needed a vigor boost, and I thought a pink midrib would be beautiful. I also have an eye for a certain shade of blue leaf and a certain degree of curled-rumple-savoy-ness. I originally made the cross in 2010-11 with two smooth leafed individuals out of Lacinato Rainbow and three lacinato kales with blue leaves and a whisper of pink midrib. Both Lacinato Rainbow and Lacinato Kale were and are commercial crops for Wild Garden Seed. Lacinato Rainbow is population resulting from a cross between lacinato and Redbor kale. It is a very diverse variety, mostly with leaves curling up like Redbor. The two parent individuals I selected were unique for their downturned leaves, more like a lacinato leaf. Dazzling Blue Lacinato has a deep blue-green waxy leaf with a dazzling bright pink midrib. It has downturned, curled-under strap leaves with a gentle savoy. I have been selecting primarily for these leaf color and shape traits, but along the way I have also selected for vigor, freeze tolerance (in the winter of 2013), and long strap leaves. There is still some variability in the population for midrib color and leaf shape. The initial cross included dark purple flat leaves with pink stems, green versions of Lacinato Rainbow, and plenty of regular lacinato.”

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