collard greens


Long a staple of soul food, collard (also called collard greens and just plain collards) is a variety of cabbage that doesn't form a head but instead grows in a loose rosette at the top of a tall stem. It's often confused with its close relative kale and, in fact, tastes like a cross between cabbage and kale. Collard's peak season is January through April, though it's available year-round in most markets. Look for crisp green leaves with no evidence of yellowing, wilting or insect damage. Refrigerate collard in a plastic bag three to five days. The Southern style of cooking the greens is to boil them with a chunk of bacon or salt pork. They can be prepared in any manner suitable for spinach or cabbage. Collard is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Green Thumbs Up!

Summer is in full bloom, so your garden should be too. The Kitchen is here with a few easy tips to keep your garden growing and looking lush. We're coming to you with some "Green Thumbs Up" ideas to set your garden on the path to perfect paradise.

Field Guide to Greens

Spring has sprung and it's time to enjoy nature's bounty of delicious greens. The Kitchen has the roadmap to 3 different types of these flavor-packed veggies and the ultimate dressing parings to accent their flavors.

Salad Greens: A Primer

Pick the right texture and taste for your garden-fresh creation.

How to Go Green and Eat Healthy

Feeding your family healthily and being kind to the planet go hand in hand. With these 6 tips from the top eco-experts, it’s easy (and can even save you money).

Leafy Greens: Amazingly Delicious and Powerful Super Foods

These are some of our favorite foods! With multiple benefits including vitamins, nutrients, fiber and more, they can help your body function at its best.

Green Is the New Black: 5 Must-Try Pestos

Enhance your favorite summer dishes with Food Network Kitchen's five easy takes on the classic pesto.