What do you get when you cross a Brussels sprout with a kale? Meet the Kalettes™ – a new (non-GMO) cross that’s high on both flavour and pretty colours.
Available as seed in the USA and Canada from October 1, Kalettes develop small colourful kale-like florets on an upright stalk, just like a Brussels sprout. The ruffled, purple-green florets are said to have a mild, sweet-nutty flavour which intensifies as the days grow shorter and colder.
Kalettes will be available in 3 varieties for a sequential harvest period – Autumn Star for early season, Mistletoe for mid-season and Snowdrop for late. It takes at least 15-19 weeks from sowing seed for the plants to mature ready for harvesting.
And how do you eat them? Grilled, steamed, sautéed, roasted, stir-fried – pretty much any way you like and best of all, when they’re lightly cooked, they will maintain their pretty purple-green colours.
Kalettes are the result of 15 years of breeding by Tozer Seeds in the UK (where they are known as ‘flower sprouts’) and seed will be available through Johnny Seeds in USA/Canada.
The Kalettes even have their own USA website!
Or the more restrained Flower Sprout in the UK