A not so obvious reason to overwinter kale is for the florets that appear in spring. Once the row cover came off, we cleaned the kale plants of dead debris and nipped off the forming seed heads to encourage the growth of side shoots and additional florets.
These are a mix of florets from Siberian and Red Russian kales. We’ve been grazing on them while in the garden, or tossed in a salad. With a harvestable amount of florets this week, there’s enough to serve on their own.
They can be treated much like any flowering brassica, such as rapini or broccoli raab. At its simplest, steam or saute the florets briefly, then season with some good olive oil, a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper.