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Tips on Growing Collard Greens

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Collard greens are a close relative of kale and packed with many of the same nutrients found in all dark leafy greens: vitamins K, A and C, as well as calcium
  • Because conventional collard crops may be treated with pesticides, you should always buy organic or, better yet, grow your own
  • Collards are easy to grow and can be harvested twice a year due to their high frost tolerance; some suggest a touch of frost lends collards a sweeter taste
  • Collard greens possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer-fighting and cholesterol-reducing properties, making it a healthy addition to most diets

If you are getting bored eating the same old dark, leafy greens, you may be interested in trying collard greens. Better yet, you can easily grow them in your vegetable garden. Growing and eating collard greens is a southern tradition in the U.S. These greens, which are a great source of fiber and vitamins K, A and C, as well as calcium, are often featured in traditional, southern New Year's meals.

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