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Sea Kale Seeds

Crambe maritima

Part of the James Wong's Homegrown Revolution Range.

A true UK native vegetable. Easy to grow. Grows year-after-year. Tastes like: White asparagus, samphire.

Along with watercress and perhaps leeks, sea kale is one of the very few truly native UK vegetables, once found on pebbly beaches of sandy coastal soils all over the country. Wonder why you haven’t seen one of these on your last seaside trip? Well the short answer is that greedy Victorians loved its delicate, nutty flavour so much that they pushed it to the brink of extinction in the wild. In fact they are still a protected species today, which means the only way to get hold of their ivory stems for the kitchen is to grow them yourself!

With its coastal origins, sea kale enjoys a site with particularly well-drained soil in full sun. Dig a good couple of spadefuls of grit into the soil prior to planting and keep well-watered while establishing. Apart from this your plants will only need a hardy pruning in the late autumn, cutting them down to ground level. Although they can be found growing native on beaches across the UK, they are a protected species meaning they are illegal to harvest from the wild (the result of generations of mass over-harvesting by Victorian foodies). Sow: April-June. Harvest: July-November.

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The Victorians couldn't get enough of this creamy sea asparagus

Part of the James Wong's Homegrown Revolution Range.

A true UK native vegetable. Easy to grow. Grows year-after-year. Tastes like: White asparagus, samphire.

Along with watercress and perhaps leeks, sea kale is one of the very few truly native UK vegetables, once found on pebbly beaches of sandy coastal soils all over the country. Wonder why you haven’t seen one of these on your last seaside trip? Well the short answer is that greedy Victorians loved its delicate, nutty flavour so much that they pushed it to the brink of extinction in the wild. In fact they are still a protected species today, which means the only way to get hold of their ivory stems for the kitchen is to grow them yourself!

With its coastal origins, sea kale enjoys a site with particularly well-drained soil in full sun. Dig a good couple of spadefuls of grit into the soil prior to planting and keep well-watered while establishing. Apart from this your plants will only need a hardy pruning in the late autumn, cutting them down to ground level. Although they can be found growing native on beaches across the UK, they are a protected species meaning they are illegal to harvest from the wild (the result of generations of mass over-harvesting by Victorian foodies). Sow: April-June. Harvest: July-November.

Hardiness:-15 degrees

Resistance to Disease:False

Seeds:True

Bulbs:False

Shrubs:False

Tree:False

Plants:False

Aftercare - Easy:True

Aftercare - Moderate:False

Aftercare - High:False

Scented:False

Height:51-60cm

Cut Flower:False

Edible Flower:False

Spread:51-60cm

Organic:False

Good For Dried Flowers:False

Drought Resistant:False

RHS Award of Garden Merit:False

Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False

Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False

Likes Acidic Soil:False

Containers:False

Hanging Baskets:False

Beds & Borders:True

Rockeries:False

Climbers:False

Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:False

Prefers Full Sun:True

Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:False

Grows in Sun or Shade:False

Partial or Full Shade:False

Shade:False

F1 Variety:False

Hardy Annual:False

Half Hardy Annual:False

Greenhouse Annual:False

Hardy Biennial:False

Greenhouse Biennial:False

Hardy Perennial:False

Tender Perennial:False

Half Hardy Perennial:False

Greenhouse Perennial:False

Shrub:False

Butterflies:False

Birds:False

Bees:False

Full growing instructions given on packet.
Sow your seeds 25mm (1") deep into well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Dig a good couple of spadefuls of grit into the soil prior to planting and keep well-watered while your plants establish. Apart from this your plants will only need hard pruning in the late autumn, cutting them down to ground level. Sea Kale is an herbaceous perennial and can be picked year-after-year.

EATING: Sea kale must be blanched before harvesting, as the plain green shoots can be bitter and stringy. This is incredibly simple and involves simply popping an up-side down bucket over the plant just as it comes into growth in the spring with a brick on top just to steady it against wind. A large flower pot with the holes taped closed will work just as well. After about three weeks the leaves will be elongated, white and far better to eat. All you need to do now is snip these off at about 30cm long and they are ready to use.
Although in theory sea kale has been used pretty much in all the same ways that white asparagus is used, this is the one vegetable we can become a real purist about. It has such a delicate, creamy, slightly maritime flavour that it is a shame to corrupt it by introducing it to too many other potentially competing ingredients.
RECIPE
SEA KALE WITH HOLLANDAISE SAUCE -
• 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 100g butter, melted
• 1 tsp chives, chopped
• 1 large bunch of sea kale
METHOD: Pop the eggs yolks in a large bowl and whisk for a minute or two until light and frothy. You can always use an electric whisk or food processor instead.
Heat the lemon juice and white wine vinegar in a small saucepan until the mixture just starts to simmer. Whisk this hot liquid into the eggs, little by little in a slow, steady stream.
Once thoroughly combined, whisk into the melted butter – again very slowly in a thin stream. When this is thoroughly combined, season well and stir in the chopped chives.
Finally steam the seakale for 3-5 minutes until just tender and serve with the hollandaise sauce poured straight over.

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