Ethel Mae Byrd 133002

Continuous variation in population. Two plants are a significantly lighter shade of green (with yellow hues) than others. One of these has light purple petioles. Others have light green petioles. Plants measure 13-25 inches tall and 24-40 inches wide. Leaves are more semi-prostrate and plants do not form a head. Taste is sweet, but texture is rather tough.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (G 32613). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. Edward Davis (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2004 from Clarence Byrd of Pink Hill, North Carolina. Clarence and his siblings all grow this variety. Their mother grew and saved the collards for at least fifty years before she passed away in 1992.

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