In the 1800s, This British Isle Was Covered in Groves of 12-Foot-Tall Kale

Lovely piece from Gastro Obscura about the history of giant kale stalks on the isle of Jersey.

Up until recently, 12-foot kale was a common sight on the island of Jersey. Dotted throughout the agricultural landscape, the plants dwarfed everything except for full-sized trees. They clumped in thickets between potato fields, served as posts for beans to twine around, and even formed living fences. With their strange, nubbly stalks and drooping, silvery leaves, they looked like palms, lending the temperate little island an oddly tropical appearance.


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