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Post  twodaend 7/16/2012, 11:19 am

I'm getting ready to harvest my turnip greens and mustard greens for the first time. However, I will not be using them for about 2 days. My question is do I wash them first and then store wrapped in a paper towel in an open plastic bag, or do I just pick them and store them directly in a plastic bag.

I want to pick them now as they are crowding out each other and moving into other squares. Also, we are going to be busy for the next few days, so any prep work before cooking would help.


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Post  Ericka2385 7/16/2012, 12:48 pm

Scroll down to where he talks about lettuce and herbs. Greens should be able to be stored the same way as the lettuce. This is my favorite chef, we store our lettuce and herbs this way from the store and it's shocking. I've kept basil and cilantro for 4-5 weeks in the fridge...

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Post  twodaend 7/16/2012, 1:50 pm

Ericka2385 wrote:Scroll down to where he talks about lettuce and herbs. Greens should be able to be stored the same way as the lettuce. This is my favorite chef, we store our lettuce and herbs this way from the store and it's shocking. I've kept basil and cilantro for 4-5 weeks in the fridge...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/storing-fruits-and-vegetables/index.html

Thanks Ericka. I just finished storing my greens this way. Now that I think about it, I do remeber an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown discussing how to store leafy veggies using this method.
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Post  littlejo 7/16/2012, 9:25 pm

twodaend wrote:I'm getting ready to harvest my turnip greens and mustard greens for the first time. However, I will not be using them for about 2 days. My question is do I wash them first and then store wrapped in a paper towel in an open plastic bag, or do I just pick them and store them directly in a plastic bag.

I want to pick them now as they are crowding out each other and moving into other squares. Also, we are going to be busy for the next few days, so any prep work before cooking would help.


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Just for show Spinach and Lettuce growing in the shadow of the Collards
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I live in the south and just say mustard is hard to clean, rinse well , then do it again. It is a catch all for the dirt and bugs, but, doesn't seem to get eaten by the bugs.

Can you let me know the variety name of the collards and can you point them out in the pics. My collards don't resemble anything in the pics.
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Post  walshevak 7/16/2012, 10:08 pm

I'm with you. I don't see any collard variety I've ever grown.

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Post  twodaend 7/17/2012, 3:58 pm

The collard I have are from Burpee and are called Georgia Collards.

It is growing tall and has a center stalk like a tree with leaves coming from the center. I've outlined my collards in red and I will try to take a better pic this evening.

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Post  Chilliard 7/17/2012, 8:31 pm

That's interesting. I've grown collards before and they turned out more like this:

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This picture is from Eden Brothers seed (http://www.edenbrothers.com/store/collard_seeds_georgia_southern.html) but mine looked just like theirs.

Mine were cabbage like and almost headed. They sure tolerated some heat Smile

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Post  camprn 7/17/2012, 8:50 pm

twodaend wrote:The collard I have are from Burpee and are called Georgia Collards.

It is growing tall and has a center stalk like a tree with leaves coming from the center. I've outlined my collards in red and I will try to take a better pic this evening.

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That plant is not collards. Looks more like a sunflower, but not quite a sunflower... not quite sure what it is.

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Post  twodaend 7/17/2012, 10:10 pm

Here are some more pics of what I thought collards where. At least these are the seed I planted from the package.

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Post  camprn 7/17/2012, 10:27 pm

It's a cool looking plant but it isn't like any collard I have ever seen. Have you looked at the photo on Burpees website for the Georgia Collards.? It may be worth contacting Burpee and asking what the plant is. I bet you don't want to eat something that you don't know what it is......

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Post  twodaend 7/17/2012, 10:47 pm

Just for good mesure, here is the package. Yea, I surely don't want to eat something I don't know what it is. When it starting growning, I noticed it did not look like the package, but I did read that collards did have a center stalk so I figured I would let it continue to grow and see what came about. However, now I may let it grow, but I won't be feeding it to my family. My mustard and turnip greens look more familiar.

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Post  sceleste54 7/17/2012, 11:04 pm

you are right.. those are Definitely Not Collards..
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Post  Turan 7/17/2012, 11:12 pm

Some how they remind me of Tamarillos. Is that possible? I only grew them once when the kids were small. Here is a picture from the web though~
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Definatily keep it growing so we can see what it matures too! I am curious Laughing

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Post  camprn 7/17/2012, 11:31 pm

If you contact the folks at Burpee, let us know what they tell you. I bet it is going to have a beautiful humongous flower flower

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Okay, I don't have any experience with collards, so I didn't want to say anything, but when I saw the photo I thought it looked like velvetleaf:

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You can read more about it at http://scodpub.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/velvet-leaf-indian-mallow-weed/

Personally I think it looks pretty, and other members of the Abutilon genus are used as flowers, but I probably wouldn't let it go to seed, as it is a pest for agriculture.
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Post  twodaend 7/18/2012, 8:44 am

jdwheeler42 wrote:Okay, I don't have any experience with collards, so I didn't want to say anything, but when I saw the photo I thought it looked like velvetleaf:

You can read more about it at http://scodpub.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/velvet-leaf-indian-mallow-weed/

Personally I think it looks pretty, and other members of the Abutilon genus are used as flowers, but I probably wouldn't let it go to seed, as it is a pest for agriculture.

Thanks jdweeler42. That may be the winning ID. The leaves are really soft and as it has been growning I kept saying the leaves feel like velvet. Becasue I didn't know what it was, I have been hesitant to harvest it and good thing I haven't. I'm going to probably cut it done and dig it up in the next few days as I don't want it to go to seed and I miss it.
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Post  camprn 7/18/2012, 9:57 am

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jdwheeler42 wrote:Okay, I don't have any experience with collards, so I didn't want to say anything, but when I saw the photo I thought it looked like velvetleaf:

You can read more about it at http://scodpub.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/velvet-leaf-indian-mallow-weed/

Personally I think it looks pretty, and other members of the Abutilon genus are used as flowers, but I probably wouldn't let it go to seed, as it is a pest for agriculture.

Thanks jdweeler42. That may be the winning ID. The leaves are really soft and as it has been growning I kept saying the leaves feel like velvet. Becasue I didn't know what it was, I have been hesitant to harvest it and good thing I haven't. I'm going to probably cut it done and dig it up in the next few days as I don't want it to go to seed and I miss it.
You could certainly let it flower and enjoy the beauty of the bloom for a few days before the risk of seeds is a problem. Mallows are a favorite of the honey bee. Very Happy

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Post  GWN 7/18/2012, 10:57 am

I would say hollyhock before the buds have come up
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Post  GWN 7/18/2012, 11:19 am

HMMMM maybe not :scratch:
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Post  twodaend 7/18/2012, 11:27 am

I haven't seen any buds on mine yet. The leaves fell very soft and velvet like and they are spade shaped. They are also quite huge too.
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Post  camprn 7/18/2012, 2:16 pm

GWN! Hollyhocks just make me smile. They too are a member of the mallow family. Love 'em.

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