Best known as a southern green, this vegetable is grown throughout the world.

Collard greens are a mild-flavored leafy vegetable and a staple of Southern cooking. Scientifically speaking, they are in the cabbage family though in taste are very similar to kale; the name “collard” is a shortened form of the word “colewort” or “cabbage plant.”  They are high in vitamins A, K and C and a good source of calcium, folate, and fiber.  The plant is grown for its large, edible leaves as well as a garden ornamental in countries around the world.


Choose collard greens with smooth leaves, sturdy stems and a healthy green color.  Place unwashed collard greens in a paper towel and then store in a plastic bag. Place in a refrigerator and use within a week or two.