Tree collards are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a home garden. For very little input they can provide an abundance of greens all year round. A fast growing relative of collards and kale, they can reach over eight feet in height in a few years. Tree collards are hardy to about 20° F (-7° c) and in mild climates have been known to live for up to twenty years! Both resilient and adaptable, they can endure periods of drought by producing smaller leaves, and can even thrive in a large container.
Tree collards have a delicious nutty and slightly sweet flavor which most people find superior to traditional collard greens. Nutritionally, they rival their trendy cousin kale. They can be sauteed in a pan, included in a hearty stew, blended into a healthful green smoothie, dehydrated into crunchy collard chips, and even fermented into a tasty sauerkraut.