Meaning of cavolo nero in English:

cavolo nero

Pronunciation /ˌkavələʊ ˈnɛːrəʊ/


mass noun
  • A dark-leaved variety of kale used in Tuscan cooking.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In Italy, look out for varieties of elegantly grey-leaved cardoons and artichokes, zucchini, cavolo nero, flat Neapolitan parsley, Principe di Bologna tomatoes and rocket (rucola).’
    • ‘The greens are back in good fettle too, dark and crinkly-leaved cavolo nero is the one I head for (I ate it five times last week) yet there are a few summer cabbages around for those who like something less strident.’


Italian, from cavolo ‘cabbage’ + nero ‘black’.