In the short days of winter, dark leafy greens are at their best: celebrate the beauty of kale, collard greens, chard and more in nutrient-packed dishes.
Dark leafy greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of child-bearing age. You may have avoided these nutritious greens in the past because of their bitter reputations, but when you pair them with judicious amounts of intensely flavorful ingredients—like feta cheese, bacon and walnuts—it is easy to balance their bitterness. Now is the time to celebrate the dark side this winter and welcome these beautiful greens into your kitchen.
Beets are the pagan symbol for love and beauty. Find beet greens still attached to the beets or separate in bunches. The color of the veins indicates the color of their root—the beet. Common varieties include red, gold and chioggia, an Italian heirloom variety that has concentric circles of white and pink, purple or red. Each beet has several greens growing from it. The greens have a rich, earthy flavor.