Generations of Italians have appreciated cavolo nero as a versatile yet tasty vegetable. A member of the brassica family along with kale, cavolo nero is a popular ingredient in many classic Italian meals from soups to vegetable dishes. But British grown cavolo nero is now available in the UK!
Usually grown in the sunny south of Italy, cavolo nero is now being grown in Lincolnshire, renowned for its fertile, loamy soil and where so many of our vegetables come from. Cavolo nero is also known as black cabbage, Tuscan kale, or by its Italian names lacinato and nero de Toscana and is a cousin to the popular Italian vegetable cavolo fiore (similar to cauliflower).
Cavolo nero is an extremely versatile vegetable, and can be used in a number of different ways. It is great in hearty meals like soups, but is also great in lighter dishes such as salads. Cavolo nero also makes a fantastic accompaniment, complementing a number of meat and fish dishes.
Cavolo nero is a great source of lutein, vitamins K, A and C as well as significant amounts of manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, iron, the B vitamins and many other elements.
So why not try cavolo nero? – it’s so easy to use and has a great, rich flavour that will liven your tastebuds. And if you’re stuck for ideas on how to eat it, visit our recipe page for inspiration.