Definition of cavolo nero in English:

cavolo nero

Line breaks: ca¦volo nero
Pronunciation: /ˌkavələʊ ˈnɛːrəʊ


[mass noun]
  • A dark-leaved variety of kale used in Tuscan cookery.
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    • You could use cavolo nero, Swiss chard, kale, sprout tops, spring greens or Savoy cabbage, listed in my order of preference.
    • She purées cavolo nero, a greenish-black kale, for a sauce that clings to gritty artisanal bucatini, and tops the dish with crunchy sautéed bread crumbs (a signature touch).
    • Spinach, cavolo nero and kale also like the company of sunblush tomatoes, especially if there is some garlic in there too.


Italian, from cavolo 'cabbage' + nero 'black'.

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