Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CSA Veggie Identification #1: Collard Greens

New Roots CSA pickups started last week. Maybe you have been a part of our CSA for 3 years and are familiar with all of the greens that late spring and early summer time brings. You might be one of our new CSA members, excited to start down the path of eating seasonally, yet looking in your bag saying, "what the heck is this?!"
Even though all of our farmers grow different things, there are many common veggies that find their way into all of our CSA bags. Today, we're going to talk about Collard Greens.
Collards are brassicas, part of the family that includes broccoli and cabbages. Collards are most popular in the southern United States, and are a staple of soul food dishes. Widely considered to be healthy foods, collards are good sources of vitamin C (only when eaten raw, because heat destroys vitamin C) and soluble fiber and contain multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. Roughly a quarter pound of cooked collards contains 46 calories.

Here are a few new recipes to try (click on the name for a link to another website):

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