Hard Headed Cabbage Collard 133033

Variation in population. Three of 11 plants are dark green. The other 8 are yellow-green to light green. One plant has a prostrate growth habit, while others are more open. Leaf blistering is slightly variable from low to moderate. Leaf margin is variable from entire to wavy. Petioles slightly more enlarged on two of the darker green plants. Plants have moderate heading capabilities. Plants measure 16.5-26 inches tall and 28-48 inches wide. Variety has tough and stringy leaves, but is slightly sweet.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662802). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. John Morgan (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2004 from Ronald and Mary Spain of Jacksonville, North Carolina. The original source of the seed was Mary’s aunt, Gladys Stevens Russell, who received the seed from her parents. Therefore, this same line of collard has been passed down for several decades.

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  1. I am from Grifton North Carolina. Collard greens are so widely eaten that every one I know has eaten them. One of my best meals after school in the evening was corn bread, collard greens, sweet potato, and some type of pork boiled in with the collards to flavor them. To this present time I often prepare that same meal. My mother has retired from cooking them but I remember how it was done. When I’m out and about and they are on the menu I will often try them. At home I always remember mom when I cook them.

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