Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)
Native to Europe
Collard greens were among several leafy green vegetables grown by slaves in their domestic gardens to supplement food rations on the plantations. Slowly simmering collard greens with ham hocks or pork belly originated in the kitchens of enslaved cooks who continued the West African tradition of incorporating leafy green vegetables in soups and stews.
Varieties displayed in this exhibit:
Brassica oleracea ‘Top Bunch’
Brassica oleracea ‘Champion’
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