Collard greens grow well in our region–robust and beautiful plants produce and produce and produce. And they do not have to be cooked for an hour with a ham hock (though by all means do if you can). There are many quick and fresh preparations for these delicious greens. You can even use them raw as in the salad with apples and walnuts (recipe below).
Collards keep well in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3-7 days or so depending on how fresh they are.
Ingredients that complement collard greens:
- Orange juice
- Raisins (as in my favorite dish with collards–Citrus Collards with Raisins by Bryant Terry)
- Pork of any kind especially ham hocks and bacon ends
- Walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds
- Hot peppers, fresh or dried
Dishes that include collard greens: