Georgia Southern Collard Greens
Georgia Southern is a slow to bolt, non-heading type that is a reliable producer and can grow to be 3’ tall. It was introduced before 1885. Light frost tolerant, which only makes the leaves sweeter.
Grows upright, with large, somewhat crumpled blue-green leaves. Collards are some of the oldest greens in the Brassica family, and have excellent nutritional value.
Collard greens, along with some kales, belong to the Latin family Brasicca oleracea and are classified under the species acephala, meaning ‘without a head’. This family includes collards, cow cabbages, tree collards, and rosette-headed kales that are grown as annuals for their edible leaves. Collard leaves bear resemblance to cabbage in that they have large, smooth leaves and white veins.
Traditionally cooked with a ham hock, collards make a wonderful addition to stews and soups. Often overlooked outside of the Southeastern United States, collards being "discovered" as the leaves are delicious and juicy, and make tasty additions to salads.
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