Big Daddy – Greasy Green variety description
Variety has 2 distinct types. 9 of 12 plants are greasy, while the other 3 are non-greasy. One greasy plant has leaves forming a rosette; others are long-petioled. Among non-greasy plants, one is a dark and dull blue-green color, while the second plant is medium green with a kale-like central stem and incised leaves, and the third has highly undulate leaves, a more erect growth habit and is significantly larger than the others. Varieties are semi-prostrate and have no heading capabilities. Tough variety that has some slight sweetness to it.
Big Daddy – Greasy Green variety history
This variety was grown by the late Hansel Sellars of Cairo, Georgia for five decades. In 2006, Mr. Sellars related how he originally got it: ““I bought two tablespoons of these seeds from the market bulletin in 1955, at 1 dollar per tablespoon.” Sellars likes this collard because the insects don’t trouble them. In 2006, Hansel Sellars gave some seeds to Dr. Edward Davis, a professor of geography at Emory & Henry College, who was collecting heirloom collard strains for preservation on behalf of the USDA Accession. Seed Savers Exchange requested this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (G 32623).
This variety is low quantity in the Seed Savers Exchange collection and is currently being regenerated in Mineral, Virginia.