Sharing is Caring

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!


11 comments :

  1. I saw Tuscan/Dino Kale at an intermarche before in Paris. They make it onto some plates here :)

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  2. I'm sending you purple kale seeds. xo

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  3. Oh I would love some baby kale plants! I have been trying to find kale for some time now, and keep getting cabbage...

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  4. please email us at thetrailofcrumbs(at)gmail.com if you would like to get some kale plants. I will organize the pick-up location details once we get our list of names together! Thanks,

    Danielle / the Trail of Crumbs

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  5. Hi,
    might be too late since it's been a little while since you posted this but it you still have some plants to share I would really appreciate it - I love kale so much and find it sooo frustrating that it's nowhere to be found here...
    Thanx :)

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  7. Oh yes, I am always on the lookout for kale here in France. I will have to get my hands on some seeds and grow my own, what a great idea.

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  8. Oh mi goodness! I have been searching for realy kale in France for the past 3 years and have resorted to using the regular chou frise but always thinking that it's just not the same as the kale I've had stateside. I just learned from your blog that it's actually called borecole! Although I have to admit that I've never seen it in my markets, grociery stores, etc. I actually live just outside of Paris and have a garden and large glassed in verando off the front of my house. I would LOVE to grow some kale here if you have some to spare to help me get started!
    Thanks for blogging about kale (aka borecole!).

    Morgan

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  9. Hi, this article is quite old, but if you still would like to share your kale, I would take you up on your offer. Poppies too if you are able to share those!!!

    Carrie

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