Did somebody say kale chips? Nope! Collard green chips! Kale chips have been gaining more popularity over the years, however, there is a denser leafy green that can create a thicker more substantive chip, and that is collard greens. Collard greens are a part of the brassica oleracea family, which makes them relatives of Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. The name collard is derived from the Middle English word colewort, which means “cabbage plant” and could explain the naming of the side dish coleslaw!
Although collard greens are grown year-round, they have a peak season which is the first quarter of the year … how convenient for late February! Collard greens can tolerate both cold and hot temperatures, but believe it or not, collard greens actually benefit from frost as it helps to produce sweeter leaves. When buying collard greens look for no yellowing, spots, or wilted leaves. Collard greens should have firm leaves and stems. Store these delicious greens in a kitchen towel in the refrigerator making sure not to wash them until you are ready to cook. Collard Greens will keep in the refrigerator for at least three days.