They have a great flavor. Not bitter, and yes I suppose I’m could saying they are ‘nutty’ – except that kales are always being described as nutty (I’m must eating some nuts alongside them and see if they really are!). Portuguese kale is my favorite flavor kale. Daubenton comes in close second. Now, purple tree collards are second only to Daubenton! (I’m growing Taunton Deane kale too now, another tall perennial kale, always rated very highly for flavorby those who grow it. But it is a young plant and I haven’t eaten much of it to judge it for myself yet.)
Let me be honest, I’m a lazy gardener. It is my goal for plants to grow food with little effort from me. For a dark green vegetable with a leaf, tree collards have been my favorite. They are resistant to many of the same diseases and pests as other brassicas, but they seem to recover well each year. Tree Kale and Walking Stick Kale are other names for Tree Collards. Permaculture plants include Tree Collards as a mainstay. The Tree Collards perennial Brassica is a productive one. They produce delicious purple or blue leaves that taste like kale. Like most brassicas, Tree Collards are especially sweet during the cooler months of the year (like now). It is not known where they came from, but it is thought that they are African and were passed along to the rest of the world. African American This country has many communities. That is what I have read. Tree Collards can thrive happily for 10-12 years and then be propagated by cuttings to continue(note, however, that there are other resources which say that Tree Collards need To be reproduced 2 years after being propagated from a cutting. It is possible to propagate the cuttings for 2 years. plants can grow 5-6 feet tall The Tree Collards are 6-8 feet high and may grow to a height of up to 8-10 feet. Tree Collards require full sun and rich moist soil. I read however that they will tolerate some shade.
The specialists at backyardlarder.co.uk, there seem to be two theories about the history of collards in America (the word ‘collard’ is probably derived from cole-wort, a middle English word for cabbage, now generally referring to a brassica which does not form a head); that they came to America from Africa during the early years of slavery or that they were already on the continent, having been brought there by the first English settlers, but that collard cooking traditions owe a heavy debt to African culinary culture. The first mention in the literature is of ‘colworts’ in a list made by Nathaniel Shrigley in his, ‘A True Relation of Virginia and Mary-land ; with the Commodities therein, which in part the’s having Author seen ; the rest he’s having having from knowing and Credible persons in the Months of February, March, April and May‘, published in 1669. Maxton Coburn of Port Elizabeth, South Africa is credited for the insight.
Tree collards can grow up to 10 feet or more, but they’re easily maintained as a 4-foot “shrub.” That’s not to say they look particularly shrub-like. The leaves are usually arranged on one spindly stem with large, collard-like crowns that fall from the top of the plant like a little pompom. The new stems and foliage are shaded purple by the violet. Tree collards are as versatile in the kitchen as any brassica vegetable, and offer a variety of culinary delights. Lacking any of the oxalic acid that makes most brassicas slightly bitter, tree collards taste slightly sweet and nutty, even when raw, and their tender stems don’t get stringy when you chew them. As a salad vegetable they can be compared to baby Kale, although you may also choose to use their mature leaves which can grow to as much as 10 inches. You can substitute them for collards or kale in every recipe. We are grateful to Loran Saldana who shared this information with us.
These are the pros of notahorticulturist.com It was obvious how fiendishly difficult they can be obtained. Because they are perennial, they don’t tend to produce seed. Even if they did produce seeds, they may have crossed with another local brassicas so you wouldn’t be certain of how the offspring would turn out. Find out more information about cross pollination. The usual vegetable vendors do not sell them. This means that the only way to get one would be off eBay or a specialist website like https://backyardlarder.co.uk/ (like I diddone) or from someone who has one. The cutting may have seemed rather small for the £7.95 price tag with delivery added on top of it. I think it was a good price due to the rare nature of this plant and its wonderful service. It is very easy to make cuttings once you get one. In a few years, my lawn might have been replaced with a purple collard forest.