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Collard greens
Collard greens

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.)
Collards, raw
Portion 100 g
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
Protein 3.02 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.61 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 5.42 g
Energy 133 kcal
Sugars, total including NLEA 0.46 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium, Na 17 mg
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.055 g

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