Help me identify this vegetable please

David4040February 1, 2013

Hi, I tried a fall/ winter garden for the first time and it worked out well. I'm hooked. I guess I got careless though because I planted a lot of different stuff but lost track of what this vegetable is. Can anyone tell by the pictures? Thanks

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David4040

here is another picture

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 11:30AM
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hp_MA6b

Look like collard.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 11:44AM
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uncle_t(Z6 Ontario CAN)

Looks like Collards--a cabbage family cool crop. Very healthy in any case.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 12:05PM
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glib(5.5)

It's a young collard.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 12:05PM
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IAmSupernova(SE Texas 9A)

Nice looking one, too. Wish mine looked that good.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 3:10PM
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stuffradio

Agreed with the Collard sentiment.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 6:41PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Collards. I live near Jax. Where do you live?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 8:26PM
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David4040

Thanks for the replys. Happy to hear that is what it is. Did'nt think I planted them, guess I did. I'll be trying this for dinner soon. I'm in Houston Zackey.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 6:25AM
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bomber095(z5b MA)

Looks like collars to me, although the second picture looks very much like it could be a brussels sprouts plant, but collards gets my vote

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 8:15AM
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David4040

Bomber095 you instinct was right - brussel sprouts formed on the plant. I do have a pack of seeds. it looked unopened guess it sealed back up, sure don't remeber planting them, bad thing is now I don't have any collards

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 12:17AM
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woohooman

Yep.. I vote Brussels. At first I thought collard leaves also, but then the "skinnier stems changed my mind.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 2:44AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I thought Brussels sprouts, but since I've never seen a collard and everyone was sure that's what they were, I decided I must be wrong.
When you finish the sprouts, or if you get plants which don't button up properly, you can cut out the top of the plant like a mini cabbage. Cut it about the size of your cupped hands. Sprout tops make delicious greens and are sold separately over here.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:47AM
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woohooman

Flora_uk: I've never eaten the leaves of Brussels sprouts, but I'd be willing to bet they taste a lot like collards or kale. I bet broccoli and cauliflower leaves aren't too far off neither.

Kevin

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 1:25AM
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LynnMarie_(5 SW Kansas)

Flora,

I really appreciate the information. I have 4 BS overwintered. They had no protection and are still bravely struggling along. I am going to try the tops in a salad when I finally harvest them. Are they tender enough for a salad, or do they need to be cooked?

Lynn

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 9:59AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Kevin and Lynn - firstly I would only eat the sprout tops, not side leaves from further down the plant.You can cut out a centre piece about the size of a medium sized lettuce. They don't really taste like kale (I've never eaten collards), nor very much like Brussels sprouts. They have a flavour of their own which I like a lot.

Secondly, I don't know what they'd be like in a salad. I steam them or sweat them in a little butter but my guess is that they'd be a bit coarse and strongly flavoured for a salad. But nothing lost by experimenting.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:53AM
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