Here in Paris, we have found Chou Frisé ( Savoy Cabbage ) but no Tuscan/Dino Kale or Curly Kale. There seems to be an ongoing confusion between what Chou Frisé and Kale are here. Although lots of people here think Chou Frisé is the name for Kale in french, it's actual name is Borécole. When recently asking a french friend where to find kale, the response was simply, " we feed that to the pigs". Perhaps Kale is too tough and bitter for it to ever make it to the plate in France. It's odd to me because it's a vegetable in classic dishes in many regions including Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Instead of trying to solve this Kale mystery, we decided to turn our attic guestroom into a temporary green house and grow it ourselves (thanks to a little care package sent over from our dear California friends). We currently have over 40 young Kale plants ( both Dino and Curly) as well as peppers like Jalapeño, Poblano and Serranos. Oh, and California poppies and Lupine too. Since we've only seen red poppies in France, we thought it would be fun to have a shock of orange California poppies for the sunny window boxes too.
If you live in Paris and have a sunny balcony, a hanging railing planter, window box or courtyard, please contact us if you would like a trio of baby Kale plants (for free of course). I can set up a pick up location once I've got some interest, most likely at Candelaria or the Brachfeld gallery. We would like to spread the Kale love. Let's get this going!