A close relative of kale and other vegetable greens such as turnip, mustard, and beet, collard greens are most familiar to Americans who practice Southern cooking. However, collards were a staple of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Collards have more nutritional value and better flavor when cooked, and collard greens are a new favorite of nutritionists for their remarkably high fiber, mineral, and vitamin content.

Collards are among the easiest vegetables to grow.
Collards are among the easiest vegetables to grow.
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Nutrient-dense collards are a delicious part of many vegetable recipes. In this article, we'll talk about growing collards, selecting and serving collards, and the health benefits of collards.

About Collards

A hardy biennial that is grown as an annual, collards grow 2 to 4 feet tall and have tufted rosettes of leaves growing on sturdy stems. Collards are similar to kale, a primitive member of the cabbage family that does not form a head.

Common Names: Collards, collard greens, borekale
Scientific Name:
Brassica Oleracea

Very Hardy (will survive first frost)

In the next section, we'll show you how to grow collards.

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