I am suspicious of GMO and tend to go gaga pretty much exclusively over heirloom offerings. A pink bean that dates back thousands of years? Oh yeah, put it in my cart. But every once in awhile something new shows up that intrigues me.
This time it is Kalettes®…a non GMO cross between kale and brussels sprouts, two of my favourite vegetables. How can that be anything but delicious? And they’re beautiful too. I’m intrigued. A description at kalettes.com reads as follows.
Kalettes® are a brand-new vegetable, blooming with the best flavors of kale and brussels sprouts. This delicious vegetable is now available at select retailers.
The inspiration behind Kalettes® came from a desire to create a kale type vegetable which was versatile, easy to prepare and looked great. The result is a truly new vegetable with fantastic flavor which combines the best flavors from brussels sprouts and kale, resulting in a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty.
I’ve been weeding the web, but the only source I can find for the seeds are Johnny Seeds, which claims exclusive rights to the product.
Their prices, unfortunately, are in US dollars which is something like a gazillion Canadian right now. You might really have to like kale and brussels sprouts to crack the wallet for these gems. Another serious drawback is the days to maturity. There are three varieties available with the earliest maturing Autumn Star coming in at 110 days, the mid-season Mistletoe at 124 days and the late season Snowdrop at 138 days. Johnny Seeds also offer a collection of all three types.
I am going to take a chance on the Autumn Star. Our killing frosts have been coming later and later to the Peace and if I start them early and put them out as transplants I think it could work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?
Prices for Kalettes® ring in at $6.95 US for 25 seeds, or if you are really intrigued you can buy 25,000 seeds for a mere $2,238 US!!!
Product ID: 3139
For early season harvest.
Kalettes® are the product of years of breeding work that began with crosses between Brussels sprouts and kale. The open, flower-like florets are ready when approximately 2″ in diameter. The three bicolor varieties we offer are specifically slated for different harvest slots. Autumn Star is our choice for early season harvest. Avg. 110,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 25 seeds. 110 days.