Wrapping up our winter produce features before spring soon arrives are collard greens. You may hear a lot more about kale and spinach when it comes to dark, leafy greens, but collard greens pack a big nutrition punch of their own!
Collard greens are part of the cabbage family, but unlike cabbage, they grow in loose "bouquets" instead of tight heads. Collard greens are a great source of vitamins A, C and folate and they also contain good amounts of calcium and fiber. When shopping for collard greens, you should look for dark green bouquets with no yellow coloring. Also, look for smaller leaves, as they tend to be more tender. Collard greens can be kept fresh covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Collard greens are traditionally used in many Southern dishes, served with ham hocks and other pork cuts to add lots of flavor. Pairing them with a robust marinara sauce or sautéing them with olive oil, garlic, onion and a pinch of salt are also great ways to add flavor.
Kayla Michel MS, RD/LD
Duncan Regional Hospital
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