Types of Kale: Curly Kale from The Ultimate Guide to Kale Slideshow

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Types of Kale: Lacinato Kale

There are two basic varieties you're likely to encounter at the store when shopping for kale. The trendiest variety these days (found in all kinds of fancy restaurants) is lacinato kale. This variety actually goes by many names; you may see it called "dinosaur kale," "Tuscan kale," or "cavolo nero." This variety is characterized by long, broad, deep green (sometimes almost black) leaves with a ribbed texture kind of like paper that's been crumpled up and straightened back out.