Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)
Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)
Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)
Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)
Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)
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Crocodile Collard (Brassica oleracea)

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A Perennial Permaculture Original!  The Crocodile Collard is a wonderful, care-free perennial replacement for lacinato kale.  It has a similar bumpy textured, deep green leaves, and mild taste.  You'll love this addition to your garden.

Why We Love It

Here are some of the reasons why we love The Crocodile Collard...

1) GREAT TEXTURE  - These leaves have a wonderful, bumpy texture that grabs onto any flavoring that you add.

2) EASY- This perennial collard asks for so little and gives so much!  Add a couple scoops of compost and some ground egg shells and you're good to go!

3) ABUNDANT - This variety loves to branch and give you endless green leaves to enjoy year-round.

How to Grow It

Here's how to grow The Crocodile Collard:

SUN FULL SUN to PART SHADE
MOISTURE REGULAR GARDEN MOISTURE
GROWING ZONES USDA 7-10 (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)
SIZE  5 FEET TALL & WIDE
PRO TIP All brassicas like a good dose of calcium from time to time.  We save our egg shells and grind them up in the blender and sprinkle around our perennial collards.

 

How to Harvest & Use It

Snap off the larger, outer leaves.  It's best to harvest from the outside/in.  Always leave at least 6-8 leaves to photosynthesize and feed the plant.

You can use this perennial green in soups, salads, stir fries.  It tastes delicious chopped up and stir fried with garlic and olive oil.  Add a little salt and pepper and serve over rice for a yummy dish.