Cooked Greens

Fun Facts

  • There are many types of tasty and nutritious cooked greens.
  • Collards were grown by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They are the oldest leafy green within the cabbage family.
  • Like collards, kale descended from wild cabbage in eastern Europe and parts of Asia.
  • Bok choy is a descendant of Chinese cabbage that originated in China about 6,000 years ago.
  • Swiss chard was first grown in Sicily (Italy), but a Swiss scientist was the first to name it.
  • Collard, mustard, and turnip greens are commonly known as “Southern greens.”
  • In Chinese, bok choy means “white vegetable.”
  • Although it looks like romaine lettuce or celery stalks, bok choy is actually a type of cabbage.
  • Swiss chard is a type of beet grown for its edible leaves.
  • Some kale varieties are “flowering” and grown for their white, red, pink, purple, and blue ornamental leaves.

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