Simone Broadleaf

Crop: Kale (Brassica napus)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Andrew Still Adaptive Seeds and the Seed Ambassadors Project

OSSI Pledge Date: 1/27/2018

Release Date: 1/27/2018

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


“Simone Boadleaf Kale is our second release coming out of the Gulag Stars kale population. This participatory breeding project is inspired by the Culinary Breeding Network and we are happy to have been working with Lane Selman and chef Tim Wastell. We separated out 15 single plant lines of Gulag Stars kale and discovered several monster lines that were shockingly vigorous. After several selections that were collaboratively made, we bulked the biggest and best plants into a variable population. Simone Broadleaf has a strong thematic character containing all broadleaf tasty plants of various colors and leaf edge waves. Some plants are dark green and glazed, others are light green and silvery, while still others are tinged with purple or shades of red. If you are looking for a kale that is a breeze to process quickly in the kitchen and/or a kale that is a beast in the garden, Simone Broadleaf is for you. Tim Wastell coined the name and we have kept it to honor all the great Simones out there, from Simone de Beauvoir to Nina Simone. Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 55 days full.Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 55 days full. Additional Information: Still a variable population with uniformly large broad leaves. Lead Plant Breeder: Andrew Still. Collaborators: Lane Selman, Tim Wastell and Sarah Kleeger. Original parent material, Gulag Stars Kale Population, originating from Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research.”

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