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What are Holland Greens?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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Holland greens are a popular member of the brassica rapa family of greens, with a leaf that is relatively sturdy and ideal for cooking. This particular type of brassica green is created as a hybrid blend of the Chinese cabbage and the stubble turnip. Just as is true with several different types of greens, the leaves of Holland greens can be harvested when the plant is small. Holland greens can also be allowed to grow large and then harvested, cut, and cooked down to create tasty side dishes in a manner that is similar to collards or mustard greens.

Like many types of greens, it is possible to pick off leaves of Holland greens and leave the main plant intact. This will allow additional leaves to be grow and eventually be harvested for a variety of different uses. The younger leaves tend to be smaller and very tender, which makes them ideal for use with other greens as part of cold salads. When harvested as new growth, Holland greens can be gently torn, much in the way that lettuce leaves are prepared for salads.

As the leaves of Holland greens continue to grow, they become hardier. This makes the older Holland greens ideal for chopping or cutting for hot vegetable side dishes. Holland greens can be cooked down with a mixture of spices and seasonings, in a manner that is similar to turnip greens, kale, or collards. The cooked leaves can also be thoroughly drained and shredded for use in dips, in a manner that is similar to spinach. Because Holland greens have a very mild taste, they will absorb other flavors easily, which makes them ideal for use in recipes where a number of different ingredients are used.

Known in some places around the world as tyfon greens, Holland greens are generally sold as fresh produce, although there are a few brands of frozen cut Holland greens on the market. Generally, more upscale food markets will offer fresh Holland greens during the spring and summer of the year, with frozen varieties available year round.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Raynbow — On Dec 30, 2014

@heavanet- A variety of robust spices taste great with these mild greens. When I cook Holland greens, I use a mixture of oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary in the broth.

For a variation of spices, you can also use curry, cumin, and garlic. It just depends on your favorite type of ethnic foods and your taste preferences, but it is fun to play around with different spices when you make these tasty greens.

By Talentryto — On Dec 30, 2014

@heavanet- I like to add bold flavors to Holland greens since they have such a mild flavor. Sometimes when I make other types of greens I top them with butter, but I think this is too mild for Holland greens unless you also add a lot of pepper to them.

One of my favorite ways to cook Holland greens is to add apple cider vinegar to the pot while they are simmering. This gives them a nice acidity flavor that contrasts nicely with their mild taste.

When I serve Holland greens, I like to put hot sauce on them. Since they are so mild, a bold sauce like this goes perfectly on them.

By Heavanet — On Dec 29, 2014

Does anyone have a recipe for cooking mild greens like Holland greens? I'm use to cooking greens with strong flavors, so I typically don't use a lot of spices when I prepare them.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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