RARE Organic Heirloom Walking Stick Kale Seeds (8)
( Walking Stick Cabbage/ Brassica Oleracea Longata/ Jersey Cabbage/ Tall Jacks/Cow Cabbage/ Giant Cabbage/ Tree Cabbage/ Tree Collard Greens/ Long Jacks/ Chour/ Chour A Vacque.)
Walking Stick kale is the stuff of legend. We remember reading about this fascinating plant in the seed catalogs of yesteryear. Also known as Tall Jacks, Jersey Cabbage or Cow Cabbage, this extra-tall kale is said to grow up to 20 feet in its native range, with an average of 6-12 feet in our gardens. Grown in Europe for centuries, mostly on the island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, where its long sturdy stalks were varnished and turned into canes. The leaves are also considered excellent forage for animals with the most tender, young greens reserved for table use. Its many unusual uses, coupled with its strikingly tall stature, make it a standout variety from antiquity that we are delighted to see reintroduced to home growersThe walking stick cabbage, also known as tree kale, has been cultivated on the Isle of Jersey for centuries. This startling plant's thick stems can reach 7 feet in one growing season and up to 10 feet the second growing season, are turned into walking sticks for tourists. They have even been grown into sturdy roofbeams for thatched island cottages, plus providing fine edible greens the whole time. Proper name: Brassica oleracea longata 'Walking Stick' Couve Galega Portuguese Walking Stick Cabbage Kale Tree Collard Greens.The Jersey cabbage (Brassica oleracea longata) is a variety of cabbage native to the Channel Islands that grows to a great height and was formerly commonly used there as livestock fodder and for making walking sticks. It is also known as Jersey kale or cow cabbage, and by a variety of local names including giant cabbage. long jacks, tree cabbage and the French chour and chou à vacque.
The 'Jersey cabbage' develops a long stalk, commonly reaching 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3.0 m) in height, and can grow as tall as 18 to 20 feet (5.5 to 6.1 m). Historically the stalks were made into walking sticks, of which 30,000 a year were being sold by the early 20th century, many for export. They were also used for fencing and as rafters. Much of the stalk is bare; the islanders stripped leaves to accentuate this effect and induce it to grow without twisting, varnished the stalk, and created a handle either by heat-treating and bending the root end or by planting at an angle to produce a naturally bent root.
The lower leaves were fed to livestock (one variety in Portugal was grown specifically for the purpose), and were reportedly of great value: The Farmer's Magazine stated in 1836 that five plants would support 100 sheep or 10 cows, and sheep fed them were rumored to produce silky wool up to 25 inches (64 cm) in length. The open cabbage at the top is comparatively small "the size of the cabbages at the top was so infinitesimal that one seemed forced to the conviction that nature meant them to be stalks, not cabbages"