Ode to Collards

Move over kale (but not too far because we still love you!) and make some room for the next big veggie trend...collards! Just you wait - you heard it hear first - this is the next big thing. TELL EVERYONE!

Things are growing in the garden beautifully but nothing is coming up as strong as our collard greens, and we couldn't be happier. It's so versatile and incredibly delicious. We are eating them every day - raw in salads, steamed, sauteed in veggie broth, on sandwiches, in juices and smoothies, you name it!

Now ready for all these benefits?
Collards are not only yummy but they do the body good. All they want to do is build up your immune system and give you tons of phyto-nutrient with potent anti-cancer properties, such as di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

They have loads of:

  • Folates - important in DNA synthesis and when given during the peri-conception period can prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
  • Vitamin A - powerful natural anti-oxidant that offers protection against free radical injury and flu-like viral infections.
  • Vitamin C - natural antioxidant
  • Vitamin K -  increases bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone and has a beneficial effect in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
  • Rich in many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
  • The leaves and stems are good in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc so don't throw those away!

THYROID ALERT

Like other members of the Brassica family, collards may contain goitrogens, which may cause swelling of the thyroid gland. Eating raw collards, therefore, should be avoided in individuals with thyroid dysfunction. However, it may be used liberally in healthy person. (via)

Freshly harvested collard greens

Freshly harvested collard greens

Collards steamed in some vegetable broth with himilayan salt and red chili flakes.

Collards steamed in some vegetable broth with himilayan salt and red chili flakes.