(aka Blue Stem, Vates Non-Heading) Developed by and named for the Virginia Truck Experiment Station. Dark green leaves on upright 24-inch plants. Known for lack of purpling in veins and leaves. Excellent variety for boiling. Bolt and frost resistant.
- 60-80 days
- ±7,000 seeds/oz
- Known for its lack of purpling
- Grows to 2 feet tall
- Excellent variety for boiling
- Bolt and frost resistant
This variety works for:
Collards are traditionally associated with slow cooking. Combine de-veined and chopped leaves with ham hocks or thick slices of bacon and garlic. After about 90 minutes of simmering a broth known as pot liquor will form and can be used in other dishes or to top your servings.
Collards can also be added to baked dishes and quickly braised. Consider cooking them with a cider vinegar or soy sauce and sesame oil.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant out just before the last frost. Can also be direct seeded outdoors 3 months before fall frost. Collards are most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest may continue even after snow.
- Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 3-10 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun