Collard Seeds - Ole Timey Blue
- 150 Seeds/Packet
- Maturity: 60-80 Days
- Plant Variety: "Ole Timey Blue"
- Leaf Color: Blue-Green
- Flavor Profile: Mild and Slightly Sweet
- Cold Tolerance: High
The Collard "Ole Timey Blue" is a cherished heirloom, having roots deep in Southern and African-American traditions. As a member of the brassica family, it finds kinship with vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower. However, its distinct blue-green hue and characteristic taste set it apart, making it a staple in many culinary traditions, especially within Southern kitchens.
The rich, savoyed leaves of the Ole Timey Blue are not just a sight to behold; they're a culinary treat. These leaves, with their mild sweetness, transform wonderfully when cooked, their flavors deepening and blending especially well with the smokiness of bacon or the saltiness of ham. However, their versatility doesn't end there. They can be steamed, sautéed, braised, or even tossed fresh into salads, paired with other greens for a delightful mix of textures and tastes.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
The beauty of the "Ole Timey Blue" collard is in its hardiness. It's a variety that thrives in the cooler climates of fall and spring and is not easily deterred by the frost and cold that might cause other plants to wither. This resilience means they can continue to flourish and produce leaves even through winter in regions with milder temperatures. As an open-pollinated variety, it ensures continuity; the seeds harvested from one crop, when planted, will give rise to plants true to their parent in characteristics. For gardening enthusiasts, whether they have expansive gardens or compact container spaces, this seed packet is a promise of a bountiful, flavorsome harvest.