Harvesting Kale And Chard - Knowledgebase Question

Kenai, AK
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Question by issmw1
July 7, 1999
This is the first year that I'm growing kale and northern lights swiss chard. The leaves are about 4 inches long. Can I start to pick them now or do I need to let them get a bit larger before harvesting? And can they be eaten raw or shoud they be steamed first?

Answer from NGA
July 7, 1999
The outer leaves of kale can be picked when they are 8"-10" long and eaten fresh or cooked. Chard can also be harvested when the leaves are large enough, providing you're careful not to damage the crown of the plant. Chard can be eaten raw but it's usually cooked before eating.

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