In time to meet holiday season demand, 4Earth Farms has started harvesting its first major crop of Kalettes.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles-based company rapidly expanded acreage for the brussels sprouts and kale hybrid following high demand and supplies are available in larger volume, according to a news release.
Available in 6-ounce retail bags and 3-pound foodservice bags, the product is harvested throughout the year from 4Earth farms in the Baja Mexico peninsula, according to the release.
“The response to Kalettes has been overwhelmingly positive,” Mark Munger, vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release. “Our testing of Kalettes crops began over 18 months ago, leading to our increased growing acreage following customer demand that far exceeded our expectations. We are thrilled to finally have the product on shelves and available in significant supplies to retail and foodservice across the U.S.”
Classic Salads LLC, Watsonville, Calif., Mann Packing Co. Inc., Salinas, Calif., Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, Calif., Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., and WP Rawl, Pelion, S.C., also grow and market Kalettes through licensing agreements with Santa Maria, Calif., breeder Tozer Seeds America.
A cross between Russian red kale and brussels sprouts, Kalettes are easily prepared in a variety of ways including sautéing, roasting or eaten raw, according to the release.