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Vegetable breeder reports good season for new kale varieties
Tozer Seeds America is developing and breeding new kale and is currently in the midst of their planting season for their traditional kale varieties. The Lacinato kale types, Black Magic and the new Mamba F1, in particular, are expected to show strong growth this harvesting season, according to the company.
Black Magic (pictured, right) is a variety of the Black Kale (Cavolo Nero) with what the company says is improved uniformity and plant habit. Black Magic has dark, narrow, well textured leaves and improved bolting resistance and cold tolerance. Tozer’s newest variety, Mamba F1, is the latest in Tozer’s hybrid Lacinato offerings. Tozer Seeds says that Mamba F1 has an upright plant habit with good uniform leaves, high yielding, and is great for multiple harvests. Mamba F1 has also shown good tolerance to foliar diseases.
“Our lead varieties of kale which are bred for unique flavor, texture, and color are expected to show great results,” said Kraig Kuykendall, sales manager of Tozer Seeds America. “Tozer is also at the forefront of developing and breeding new kale varieties. While we have limited seed for trials only at this point, we are excited to offer a couple of these new kales. Currently, our first F1 green curly types are being trialed as well as the new hybrid Lacinato, Mamba F1.”
Kales are currently undergoing a resurgence in popularity because of their nutritional benefits. Tozer Seeds said they predicted this trend some years ago and have reacted by the timely development of a brand new range of brightly colored kales.
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Publication date: 5/16/2018
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