Cavolo Nero has a thick leaf somewhat like Savoy Cabbage, but it has sword-shaped leaves that range from very dark green to almost black.
Though a member of the broader cabbage family, it is, like kale, from the part of the cabbage family which produces loose leaves instead of a round, compact head. Some people in fact call it “Cavolo Nero Kale”, because it can also be seen as a variety of Kale.
Cavolo Nero features prominently in recipes from the Tuscany area of Italy.
It holds its shape well in a stew
Kale, Chard, Savoy Cabbage
Cavolo Nero is presumed to have originated in Tuscany, Italy.
Its name is Italian. “Cavolo” means cabbage; “nero” means “black”.