Minnie Mizelle Cabbage Collard 133009

Fairly uniform variety. One plant is a bit greener in color than the other plants that are yellow-green. Also, one plant formed a sport and is 2 plants in 1 and is a more erect. Shorter plants measure 14-18 inches tall and 31-54 inches wide. Leaves are spatulate in shape and have many lobes and a wavy margin. Plants are semiprostrate and form well-developed heads. Variety was damaged by temperatures around 20 F, but was not killed. Not too sweet, but rather has a more earthy mustard like flavor.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (G 32754). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. John Morgan (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2006 from Henry Mizelle of Williamston, North Carolina. This is just one of several collard strains received from Mr. Mizelle. Henry’s wife, Minnie Mizelle, saved seed of this variety for more than 60 years before she passed away in 2006 at the age of 90. Minnie shared the collard seeds with a number of local gardeners. She originally received this variety in the 1940s from her Aunt Martha Jones.

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