THE KAIL VEGETABLE ("KALEFLOWER", "BROCKKAILE")

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION

"Kail" is a generic name for the family of generally dark green above-ground vegetables rich both in nutrients, medicinal value, and the ability to express/produce fumes from the digestive system. Kail is also known as "Cabbagewort", "Kaleflower", "Brockkaile", and "Curlykail" are the most common types of Kail. However, note that there are many variants of kail types and many variants of the spelling of their names – and, not to discourage you, gentle reader, there are as many more local names and spellings as there are regions in which the plant grows!

Kail leaves may range from a curved, dome-like dark green tinted with purple, through frilled extravagances of petticoat pink, to modestly greenish-white crisply folded sheets. The texture and flavour are equally varied, depending upon the type of Kail and its preparation. While some Kail is best cooked, others should be eaten raw. Most benefit from some preparation and almost all set off meat admirably well. However, the one thing that every member of the Kail family has in common is a carminative tendency - that is, they encourage the expulsion of flatus from the body. While this is considered beneficial by our chirogeons, leeches, and herbalists, the common folk have traditionally perceived Kail as being the cause of the excess gas rather than its relief - thus the vulgate name, 'fartwort'...


Appearance. There exist several different kinds of Kail, which we will describe in detail below. The varying usages of the all these kinds of Kail can be found in the Usages section:

Territory. Most Kails are hardy vegetables which favour moderate to cold climates, and do fairly well in cool, moist soil. As such, they grow best from about Elsreth in central Sarvonia up through the Celeste Mountains and all the way to the Heath of Wilderon. Some Kails can be grown around New-Santhala, but the leaves tend to be stunted, so the capital generally imports its Kail from the Heath of Cijur and the small Seanian farms along the east coast. Return to the top

Usages. The various kinds of Kail have also different usages. Here the details regarding the most important ones:

Reproduction. Kails if left past their harvesting season will ‘bolt’, or put up thick seed stalks from the centre of their leaf cluster. These seeds are inedible but serve as the germ of life for the next year’s planting. Farmers usually harvest six in seven Kail plants, leaving the seventh to go to seed in the field, then passing down the rows they strike about them with their walking sticks or a hoe, scattering the seeds to lie dormant through the fall. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 1st Burning Heavens 1667 a.S.

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