A Visual Guide to Leafy Greens

Posted by Amy Levine on Jun 19, 2013 12:14:00 PM

With so many varieties of organic leafy greens coming from our local farmers each week, it can be difficult to figure out which is which. After all, they are all green and leafy!

Though these greens may appear similar at a glance, they are actually quite unique. We want to help you celebrate these special greens in all their delicious, nutritious glory, so we've put together this quick visual guide to help you identify the common greens in your produce box.

Quick Leafy Green Terminology:
Spine: the large stem that runs through the center of the greens
Rib: small stems that come off of the spines and run through the leaves


Curly Kale: Light green spines and ribs with rough, curly leaves.

Curly Kale


Red (Russian Red) Kale: Purple spines and ribs with flat, green leaves that protrude like fingers.

Red Kale


Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale: Off-white spines and ribs with slender, bumpy leaves.

Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale

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Collard Greens

Light green spines and ribs with large, broad leaves.

Collard Greens

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Green Chard: Light green spines with small tender ribs and large paddle-shaped leaves.

Green Chard


Red Chard: Red spines and tender red ribs with dark green paddle-shaped leaves.

Red Chard


Rainbow Chard: Multicolored spines and ribs with dark green paddle-shaped leaves.

Rainbow Chard

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Long, slender spines with quill-like leaves, usually packed in small bunches.

Bunched Arugula

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We hope this guide will help you differentiate between the many greens that we get from our farm partners throughout the year.

Don't forget - if you're ever stumped, you can always snap a picture and send it to our leafy green experts at service@bostonorganics.com, and we'll help you out!

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