(Last Updated On: March 9, 2022)

What Are Collard Greens?

Collard greens are a green, leafy, cruciferous vegetable that’s high in calcium and many essential vitamins. They are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Learn all about it in our ‘What Are Collard Greens?’ video.

Already know this stuff? Check out our post, How to Prepare and Cook Collard Greens to learn basic preparation and cooking methods.


Nutritional Information

*Serving Size: One cup, chopped

  • Calories: 11
  • Fat: .2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Potassium: 77mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Protein: 1g

Frequently Asked Questions

Are collard greens healthy?
Yes, very. A low-calorie, cruciferous vegetable, collard greens are loaded with more than your daily recommended dose of vitamin K, A and C. They also contain glutathione, an essential antioxidant that has been known to cleanse the liver, detoxify fat and prevent and fight cancer. Another bonus: collards can actually help lower your cholesterol due to it’s unique ability to bind bile.

What is a cruciferous vegetable?
Great question. Cruciferous vegetables are a family of some of the world’s healthiest vegetables. This means foods such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, bok choy, arugula, cauliflower. The reason this group of vegetables is so awesome is their uncanny ability to fight off disease and cancer. Packed with glucosinolates, a natural sulfur-containing component, this all-star veggie lineup has proved study after study to prevent lung, colon and breast cancer.

Most health experts suggest that you eat at least 3/4 cup of cruciferous vegetables every day to reap their full benefits.

Where are these greens most commonly eaten?
Collard greens have been a staple plant food for over 2,000 years. Today they are most commonly eaten in East Africa, South America, Southern Europe and the Southern United States.

Where can I find collard greens?
Collard Greens are in the produce section of most medium to large scale grocery stores.

What time of year are collard greens most nutritious?
Although they are often available year-round, they are most nutritious in the winter months.

Where can I find good recipes for collard greens?
We have some! You can find some basic cooking and preparation tips in our blog post here.