(Brassica oleracea var. viridis)
Collards are a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the leaves. The wide, smooth, blue-green leaves of collards have a spinach-like flavor and are the highest in nutrients of the dark green, leafy vegetables.
‘Champion’ is an improved Vates selection. It has dark green, large, cabbage-like leaves, that retain their eating quality up to 2 weeks longer than other Vates types.
‘Georgia Southern’ is a popular, heirloom, southern US variety, that withstands both heat and cold. This variety is slow to bolt and does not form heads.
‘Morris Heading’ is an open-pollinated, heirloom variety, that forms loose heads of broad, blue-green leaves. It is slow to bolt and is tolerant of both heat and cold.
‘Vates’ is a shorter variety than other collards, very productive, slow to bolt, and with good heat and frost tolerance.