Kale vs. Spinach: What Are Their Differences?



Let’s learn more about spinach and kale, where they come from, their history, and more about their appearance, taste, growing environments, and uses in daily life.

Kale vs. Spinach: Scientific Name

Kale: Brassica oleracea var. acephala Spinach: Spinacia oleracea

Kale vs. Spinach: Family

Kale: Brassicaceae Spinach: Amaranthaceae

Kale vs. Spinach: Description of Plant

Kale: Kale is a cabbage cultivar that grows in a rosette of long leaves with ruffled or frilly edges. Spinach: Spinach is an herbaceous annual plant that grows with alternate, simple leaves from a central stem and reach up to 12 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Kale vs. Spinach: Taste and Texture

Kale: Kale may be described as earthy, crunchy, and dry. Spinach: Spinach has a mild, sweet taste. It is sometimes described as “grassy” or earthy and soft when fresh.


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