More tender than kale, and also more heat-resistant. Collards are fast and easy to cook, with a delicious flavor that is complex and rich. I don't know why they have been overlooked by the foodies for so long! A great summer alternative to kale, and a great overwintering green down to zone 6. I like to transplant these into the garden in August or September, among the maturing winter squash vines. They appreciate a bit of shade from the hot summer sun, and as the days cool, the squash vines die down out of the way. If you put a ring of shell or ash around the collards, you give them the extra calcium they need, while deterring slugs. I have seen these perennialize in good conditions, at least for a couple of years. Grown by Shoulder-to-shoulder Farm.60 seeds
One of my favorite quick dinners is to chop some collards and saute them in a frying pan with garlic, then serve with a fried egg on top. you can add a bit of liquid and braise them briefly if the leaves are really big or you like them softer.