- Spring greens
Infobox Cultivar | name = Spring greens
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:"Spring green" redirects here. For the Wisconsin city, see
Spring Green, Wisconsin. For the color, see Spring green (color)"
Spring greens are a cultivar of "Brassica oleracea" in the cultivar
Acephala Group, similar to kale, in which the central leaves do not form a head or form only a very loose one. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most other domesticated forms, and is grown primarily in northern Europe, where its tolerance of cold winters is valued for an early spring supply of edible leaves. The Cultivar GroupAcephala also includes curly kale and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically.
The term is also used more loosely to refer to thinnings and trimmed-off leaves of other types of "
Brassica", including turnip and swede leaves, surplus thinned out young cabbageplants and leaves from cauliflowerand brussels sprouts.
In all cases, the leaves, being loose, are fully exposed to light, and so are dark green, coarse, often tough, and more strongly flavoured than many people prefer, but are also particularly rich in
vitaminC, folic acidand dietary fibre, making them a very healthy food.
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