Although often termed Portuguese Cabbage and sometimes
Kale, in look it is more closely related to the Collards and is possibly the
most popular vegetable in Portugal, frequently used in ‘caldo verde’ a soup
considered to be the national dish.
It is non-heading like typical cabbages yet
more fleshy and succulent including the mid rib and leaf stalk unlike those of
the Kales which are often too woody to eat.
Somewhat sweeter in taste it has
larger flat round grey/green leaves displaying distinctive white veins and mid
rib that extend out from a stout firm stalk like the collards.
With a similar
tolerance to cold conditions like Kale it also withstands heat better than any