Bradshaw Cabbage Collard variety description
Variation in planting. Of the 9 plants, 4 are light green in color while the other 5 are yellow green. Leaves are spatulate in shape and either have a entire or very slightly lobed outline. All leaves have a wavy margin, moderate blistering, and are drooping at the tip. Plants do not form heads despite the name. Plants measure 12.5-15 inches tall and 19-32 inches wide. Plant were damaged by temperatures reaching 20 F. Taste is slightly bitter, but is still fairly sweet.
Bradshaw Cabbage Collard variety history
From Marie Harper of Mt. Olive, North Carolina. This variety is from her son’s grandmother-in-law, Mrs. Bradshaw, and was grown for several decades in the Chinquapin area. In 2006, Marie gave some seeds to Dr. John Morgan, a cultural geographer and 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 32755).
This variety is low quantity in the Seed Savers Exchange collection and is currently being regenerated at Heritage Farm in Decorah, IA.