Creasy Greens

Have you eaten them? Have you ever heard of them? Creasy greens are a vegetable I grew up with and every spring we went to cornfields in the area to pick them. They are fresh greens found in the spring and if you pick one wrong green you can spoil the entire batch. One green that is smooth leaved will bitter an entire pot.

Since landowners and farms have started spraying their corn patches to kill weeds, the creasy green is hard to find. So, we buy them at local farm stands by the bushel.

A case of creasy greens from Ikenberry’s Orchard in Botetourt County.

We love these greens with pinto beans, corn bread, and fried potatoes. This is one fine country girl meal! A case is a lot of greens, so I clean all of them, blanch them and freeze them after packing enough for one meal in Food Saver bags.

Greens stemmed and bathed twice.

Start looking for them in your local farmers market in March, depending on the weather. It was 1* here this morning so I won’t be looking for any!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

10 thoughts on “Creasy Greens”

  1. The greens that we used to get from the orchards were known to some as ‘creasy greens’, but are not at all related. I do not know how or why they became known as such. They were not a particular type of green, and were sometimes a mixture of what happened to grow as a cover crop. Mustard was most commonly grown as a cover crop, but wild turnip and radish were also naturalized as cover crops, and often mixed. Some people preferred to be selective with such greens. For example, they might collect only mustard greens. I do not know if I ever met creasy greens, and would not recognize them if I did. There is a native species of cress, but it typically grows in sludgy riparian situations that I would not want to eat anything out of.


      1. Creasy greens did not grow wild in the orchards. They probably dislike the arid climate here. What we knew as creasy greens were actually various naturalized cruciferous greens that were originally planted as cover crops for the orchards. Mustard was the most common. They are cool season vegetables, so were unavailable through the warmth of summer or late autumn. Every year was different for them, and even after they were done, some could be found in riparian situations. The only vegetable that I know of that is similar to creasy greens is a native cress that grows in riparian situations, but it is not abundant, and grows in mucky situations that I would not want to eat vegetables from.


  2. This looks similar to what we call water cress. If it tastes similar it’s delicious! 1 degree Fahrenheit?! That’s counts as very cold way up here! I bet it’s sunny. It always warms up to rain or even snow. Keep warm!


  3. I remember my dad loved something he called “creasy salad.” He grew up on a tobacco farm in Pittsylvania County, VA; his dad was a sharecropper. Thanks for the sweet memory!


  4. Love them!
    I buy fresh spinach, cook a “mess”, serve with boiled eggs sliced on top, cornbread, apples, etc. Freese a bunch too.
    We pig out when we have spinach!
    Friends will have spinach for sale until March.


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