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Collard Greens

Collard greens are green leafy vegetables, closely related to kale. They are a staple in southern U.S. cuisine, where they are enjoyed year round with smoked meats and cornbread. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

Like most leafy green vegetables, collard greens are packed with essential nutrients. They are especially high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Folate plays a key role in preventing birth defects, maintaining heart health, and potentially preventing various types of cancer. (Read more about the benefits of folate in the Harvard Women's Health Watch newsletter.)

Store unwashed collard greens in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator.  Collard greens and many other leafy greens may wilt easily.  Often, they are just dried out which can occur even if the greens remain in constant refrigeration.  To refresh collard greens, submerge the wilted greens in cold water and keep in the refrigerator overnight.  

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