Collard greens

Fresh collard greens

How to select

Choose collard greens that have dark leaves with no yellow. Collard greens can also be purchased frozen or canned.

How to prepare

  • Soak collard greens in cold water for 10-15 minutes to remove any dirt or pesticides. 
  • Rinse each stalk under running water after soaking. 
  • Pat the leaves dry with a dry towel.

How to store

Collard greens should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and used within five days.

Ways to use

  • Spruce up a sandwich with collard greens. 
  • Add collard greens to traditional dishes to add color and nutrients. 
  • Swap out lettuce for collard greens in any salad. 
  • Include collard greens in any pasta dish or combine with other ingredients to make a new side dish.

Fun facts

  • Collard greens originated in Greece and are the oldest vegetable in the cabbage family. 
  • Collard greens are the state vegetable of South Carolina.

Nutrition facts and info

Collard greens are high in manganese, vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C as well as a good source of fiber and calcium.

1 cup chopped collard greens = 11 calories, 2 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 1.1 g protein, 84 mg calcium, 10 mg magnesium, 9 mg phosphorus, 77 mg potassium, 13 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing collard and kale in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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