Aka Couve Tronchuda, Portuguese Kale or Sea Kale, it is a bright jade-green, loose-headed Cabbage with fleshy white mid-ribs and wide-spreading leaves. Sweeter and more tender than regular Cabbage, it may be harvested as a whole plant or leaf-harvested to promote center re-growth with paler, milder, frilly leaves.
Sow seeds in a container of seed starting mix 2 inches apart and cover 1/4 inch deep. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall, then plant outdoors. Space 12 to 18 inches apart.
Portuguese cabbage is a leafy green vegetable in the brassica family. Unlike most cabbages, this vegetable doesn't form heads and grows in leaves like kale. That resulted in the alternate common name of Portuguese kale plants. ... Kale ribs and stalks are often too woody to eat. Many compare this veggie to collards.