Collard greens come from the same family as cabbage, broccoli, and kale. They have dark-colored, edible leaves that grow on an upright stalk and can grow year-round. While stereotypically thought of as a Southern staple, collards are actually eaten throughout the world. Smoky and slightly bitter, collards can be eaten raw or cooked.
Collard greens contain loads of vitamins K and A, as well as plenty of vitamins C, B6, manganese and calcium. One of the most amazing things about collards is that they can actually lower your cholesterol when you eat them by binding to bile acids in the digestive system, which makes it easier for them to exit the body.