Collard greens are typically associated with the South, but these hardy greens also grow beautifully here in Steamboat Springs! Collard greens are one of the many fabulous vegetables in the Brassica family, closely related to broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage. Collards have their own unique personality, with wide, paddle-like leaves that are flatter and more robust than kale.
Sturdy and unassuming collard greens transform when braised alongside onions, garlic, beans, and a salty hunk of ham. Collards are also right at home when sautéed with ingredients like balsamic vinegar, chiles, ginger, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, paprika, and coriander. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – this versatile green can also be used in pestos and smoothies, and it makes a great grain-free substitute for tortillas the next time you make a veggie wrap.
Collards are best stored in a ziplock or reusable produce bag or container lined with a dry paper towel. Gently squeeze out the air and keep the bag half open.