Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard variety description
Fairly uniform but one plant is significantly darker green than others. Leaves are light green to blue-green with an elliptic to ovate shape, lobed outline, and wavy margin. Most stems are light green with a touch of purple coloring. Leaves have low to moderate blistering. Plants measure 10.5-22 inches tall and 23-40 inches wide. Average eating qualities.
Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard variety history
This variety is from Moses Smith of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He is an African-American farmer who sells collards to many people from his 2-acre property. Moses originally purchased this variety from a nursery in Franklin, Virginia and has kept his own seed for the last 10 years. In 2003, he 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 received this variety in 2016 from the USDA Accession collection (PI 662811).
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.