Collard Greens (also known as tree-cabbage or nonheading cabbage), are a cool-season vegetable green that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll which gives them their deep green color. They have been cultivated for centuries since ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.
In Brazil, a juice made from collard greens is used as a remedy for gout and bronchitis.
Collards are an excellent source of Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin E, calcium, zinc and beta-carotene. The darker the leaf, the more beta carotene it contains. They also contain are filled with phyto-chemicals that help maintain healthy cells. High in Vitamin K, collard greens act as an anti-inflammatory and are an excellent source of vitiamin C, calcium and beta carotene. The darker the leaf the more beta carotene is provided.
Collard Greens can:
- Support the body's detoxification system
- Support the digestive system - the fiber content of collard greens is over 5 grams per cup.
- Protect us from ulcers. Research has concluded that they help prevent overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes ulcers)in our stomach
- Lower the risk of some forms of cancer
- Help lower cholesterol
- Help prevent bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Juicing Collard Greens
Keep in mind when juicing collard greens, they have a very strong green taste, so you may want to combine them with celery or cucumber juice.
How to Choose and Store Collard Greens
They should have firm, leaves that are a vivid deep green in color with no yellow or brown spots and have no signs of wilting. Leaves that are smaller in size will be more tender and have a milder flavor.
To Store: Wrap unwashed leaves in moist paper towels and place in plastic bag. Make sure to squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible then seal. They will stay fresh for 4-5 days in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. When ready to use wash thoroughly. Since they may have dirt and grit clinging to the leaves, swish through several changes of cold water.
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