Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Collard Greens Plant Profile


Collard Greens Plant Profile

Collards (Brassica oleracea) are an edible green that is a cultivated variation of the European wild cabbage.

Collards are one of many members of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae or Cruciferae, also known as the crucifers, or the mustard family, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, mustard, turnips, kale, and Swiss chard.

Collards can thrive in the heat, but can also withstand temperatures down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. For best flavor, harvest collards after several frosts.

Collard can be sown in late winter for a summer crop and in mid-summer for a fall crop. In the spring, plant it as soon as the ground can be worked.

Note that it does not form a head like its cabbage relatives. Collards should be harvested continuously by picking the bottom leaves starting approximately 60 days after seeding.

Collards can be eaten fresh, cooked in soups and stews, pickled, sautéed, and fried.

Read more about growing and preparing Collards in the November 2023 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine.

Collards: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine as part of our Plant Profile series for Mid-Atlantic USA gardeners.

Video, editing, audio, and text by Kathy Jentz

Filmed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.

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