I’m always on the lookout to trial new and improved varieties of fruits and vegetables. But sometimes the best varieties aren’t really that new at all. Such is the case with my new favorite kale – Beedy’s Camden.
As the story goes, back in the 1980’s Beedy Parker noticed a kale that was overwintering in her Camden, Maine garden. She propagated the kale, and made seeds available to other gardeners. Likely a relative of a Siberian kale, Beedy’s selection has silvery, frilly leaves and a sweet, delightful taste. And it is super hardy.
Last year was my first year growing this delightful kale. It easily survived our unusually mild winter conditions, growing uncovered here in our zone 6B garden. And now, after all the other kale varieties I grew last year are flowering, Beedy’s kale is still growing strong. And we are still enjoying those sweet tender leaves. That’s a real winner of a plant in my books, and worthy of a little publicity.
I got my seeds through a seed swap with fellow blogger Mr H of Subsistance Pattern, but they are available to all through Fedco seeds. I’m planning to save seeds from our best plants this year. Since kale readily cross pollinates with other members of the cabbage family, I will make sure no other Brassica plants are blooming at the same time. I am pretty sure I am the only gardener within the recommended one mile isolation distance that is likely to be having brassicas blooming this spring.
If you’re a fan of kale, you might consider giving Beedy’s Camden a try. It’s hardy, tasty, and actually looks quite stunning in the garden. It’s certainly earned a place on our roster of favorites here at Happy Acres, and I thought that was worth sharing!