Vigorous dark green to black leaves of this 18th century heirloom are traditionally used in soups and stews, or sautéed with olive oil and garlic and tossed with pasta. Delizioso! Sown in the spring, you can harvest the first shoots as tender young salad greens or achieve full-sized plants in two months. Try kale in a pesto! Also known as dinosaur kale, black Tuscan kale, black cabbage, and black palm.