Collard Greens are a part of the Brassica group which is the same as other common vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli.
They are a part of the Acephala Group which also includes spring greens and kale. The name Acephala translates “Without a Head” in Greek. This refers to vegetables that don’t have a compact core of the leaves. This makes Collard less susceptible to diseases and can tolerate higher temperatures.
They have an upright stalk and it usually grows up to two feet high. You can find them throughout the whole year but you will find the most delicious ones and with the highest amounts of nutrients after the first frost.
Species: B. oleracea
Trinomial name: Brassica oleracea var. Acephala
Collard Green Trivia
- Romans and Greeks used to grow Collard Greens two thousand years ago
- The name of the vegetable comes from the word “Colewort” which means “wild cabbage”.
- There are many different varieties of Collard Greens and the most popular are Champion, Blue Max, Georgia, Heavy crop, Flash and Vates