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Either of two cool-season biennial crucifers, Brassica oleracea var. acephala and B. fimbriata, of Mediterranean origin. Kale (see illustration) belongs to the plant order Capparales (Brassicales) and the plant family Brassicaceae (commonly known as the mustard family). Cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, collards, and Brussels sprouts are variants of B. oleracea.
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