What is cavolo nero?

A loose-leafed cabbage from Tuscany, Italy. The leaves are a very dark green, almost black, hence its name, which translates as 'black cabbage'. It has a pleasantly tangy, bitter flavour, with a sweet aftertaste. Some people spell this 'cavalo nero'.

How to prepare cavolo nero

Remove old or damaged outer leaves, cut the leaves free of the core and slice out any tough central stalks. Rinse, then chop or slice.

How to cook cavolo nero

Cavolo nero is incredibly versatile and can be boiled, stir-fried, steamed or massaged in dressing and eaten raw.

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For recipe ideas, see our cavolo nero collection.

How to store cavolo nero

It will keep in a cool, dark place or the vegetable drawer of the fridge for several days.

When is cavolo nero in season?

July through to early October.

Choose the best cavolo nero

Look for crisp, unblemished leaves, with no holes. Avoid cores that are split or dry.

Alternatives to cavolo nero

Try cabbage or kale.