Common Name: KALE
Scientific Name:  (Brassica oleraceae var acephala)
Other Name:  Borecole, Sukuma wiki


The kale (Sukuma wiki) is a member of the cabbage family with a wide ecological adaptability. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, roughage and reasonably rich in iron and calcium. The leaves are widely utilized mainly alone or in mixture with other vegetables, meat and pulses.

Overall kales have the potential to transform African economies and contribute to poverty reduction. In Kenya it is grown by 90% of small holder farmers thus providing employment mostly for women and youth who are involved in their production. They also provide a positive spill over effect upon a range of other industries like transport and trade.


Kale/borecole is a form of cabbage with green leaves in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms.