Collard greens are a loose-leafed cruciferous vegetable with a wealth of phytonutrients called glucosinolates, which are thought to fight cancer. This leafy green vegetable has also been shown to reduce cholesterol. One cup of raw collard greens contains only about 11 calories and is an excellent source of calcium, as well as vitamins A, C, and K. It's also high in fiber.
When shopping for collard greens, look for beautiful green leaves without blemishes. Don't choose wilted leaves.
Collard greens can be sandy, so to clean before storing, submerge them in water to loosen any grit, then wash and dry. Store by placing them in a large zip-lock bag and refrigerate them. They should stay fresh for up to five days.
Collard greens have a mild, smoky flavor on their own, but they take on other flavors quite well. For raw preparations such as salads and slaws, use the smaller, tender leaves and cut them into thin ribbons. Use the larger, more fibrous leaves for roasting, sautéing, or braising. Remove the woody stems, then cut or tear the leaves into bite-size pieces before cooking. Collard greens are a staple in the U.S. for soul food and can add color, texture, and excellent flavor to soups and stews.
Did you know?
Collard greens grow best in warmer climates but can withstand the cold temperatures of late autumn. A light frost enhances the flavor of collard greens.
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