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A type of kale that has smooth leaves is called collard greens.
Interesting facts about collard greens
- Are you aware that collard greens are a member of the cabbage family?
- Are you aware that collard greens grow as a loose bouquet instead of in a tight head like cabbage?
- Are you aware that collard greens have large, dark green edible leaves?
- Are you aware that collard leaves are smooth with a slightly ruffled edge?
- Are you aware that the central rib or stem is usually tough and often discarded before cooking?
- Are you aware that collard greens are available year round?
- Are you aware that collard greens are tastier and more nutritious in the cold months after the 1st frost?
- Are you aware that collard greens have been eaten for approximately 2,000 years dating back to the Ancient Greeks?
- Are you aware that collard greens were brought to North America by the slaves?
- Are you aware that collard greens are a common food in Southern U.S. cooking?
- Are you aware that collard greens are popular in Soul food cuisine?
- Are you aware that Southern cooks often add bacon, ham and pork to collards for flavoring and sometimes serve them with vinegar or pepper sauce?
- Are you aware that collards are eaten traditionally on New Year’s Day to ensure wealth in the coming year? (The leaves of collards resemble folding money.)
- Are you aware that in Kashmir collard greens are included in almost every meal? (Kashmir is located on the northern borders of India and Pakistan and southwestern border of China.)
- Are you aware that collard greens have a similar taste to another green known as kale, but they are milder?
- Are you aware that raw collards cook down to a 4th of their volume? (4 cups of raw collards would only produce 1 cup of cooked greens.)
- Are you aware that collard greens are steamed, boiled and used in soups and stews?
- Are you aware that collard greens are low in calories? (A ½ cup cooked collards contains approximately 46 calories.)
- Are you aware that collard greens are an excellent source of vitamins A and C and rich in calcium and fiber? (Vitamin A is important for growth and development of cells, for
- fighting off diseases and for good vision. Vitamin C is needed by the body to form collagen in bones and aids in the absorption of iron. Calcium builds strong bones. Fiber aids in healthy digestion.)
- Are you aware that collard greens are rich in vitamin K? (Vitamin K helps the blood clot.)
|Fiber, total dietary||4 g|
|Calcium, Ca||232 mg|
|Iron, Fe||0.47 mg|
|Vitamin A, IU||5019 IU|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||35.3 mg|
|Total lipid (fat)||0.61 g|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||5.42 g|
|Sugars, total including NLEA||0.46 g|
|Sodium, Na||17 mg|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||0.055 g|
Nutritional information on Collard greens
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NB:Carbohydrate, by difference(total carbs-fiber) is also called net carbs