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North Carolina Collards

North Carolina CollardsCollard greens are a non-head, Old World cabbage that tastes like a combination of cabbage and kale. Its intense green leaves are far more nutritious than paler-leafed cabbage. Traditionally in the Southern United States, collard greens are boiled with a piece of salt pork or ham hock.

Choose collard greens that are relatively small and firm. Avoid those with any sign of yellowing or holes. Store collard greens in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag. Collard greens can go limp quickly, so use within 10 days of storage.

North Carolina Collards Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Collards

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling, Hydocooling, Icing

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Normal Storage Life

10-14 days

Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125