Crinkle Leaf variety description

Continuous variation in planting. One plant is a lighter shade of green and more droopy leaves. Two plants are more heavily blistered and the leaves are more dentate (or crinkly as the name says). The others have some variability in leaf shape from flat and round to longer and elliptic. Plants measure 15-21 inches tall and 24-40 inches wide. Slightly tough and bitter, but has some underlying sweetness and a nice spicy flavor. Slight heading capabilities.

Crinkle Leaf variety history

This heirloom collard was stewarded by Alma Huffman of Richlands, North Carolina. Alma received this variety in 1998 from Virginia Jenkins, a neighbor who grew and saved seed for several decades. In 2004, Alma 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 the variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (G 32555).

Seed Status:

D-pack means that the seeds are available through the Seed Savers Exchange. Regeneration project are underway with some varieties to build up enough sharable seed stock. We are actively looking for more seed stewards willing to regenerate and steward these varieties. Please get in touch if you are interested.