Fun Facts About Cooked Greens
- 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.
What’s Included in the Cooked Greens Lesson Plan
- Tips & recipes
- Nutritional information
- Presenter outline & talking points
- Sticker template
- PowerPoint presentation
- Student handouts
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