Your Guide to Leafy Greens
This handy guide to leafy greens will help you up your daily intake. And no, you won’t have to commit.
How to Store Your Greens
As soon as you get home from the grocery, follow this plan of action to make your leaves last longer:
STEP 1: Trim
Chop off the stems and throw away any leaves that are brown or bruised.
STEP 2: Wash
For heartier leaves like kale, collards, and chard, fill your sink with cold water. Place your greens in the cold water. Swish vigorously to loosen the dirt and then scoop out the leaves. (The dirt will sink to the bottom.) For delicate leaves, like watercress or bok choy, simply rinse the leaves carefully under lightly running water.
STEP 3: Dry
Spread a single layer of leaves on a non-bleached paper towel. Roll up the towel and place it in a plastic produce bag from the grocery or a Ziploc, keeping the leaves from touching the plastic. Alternatively, you could store them in a glass container.
STEP 4: Refrigerate
Store greens in the crisper drawer, away from fruit. Certain fruits, like apples, pears, and avocados, emit ethylene, a gas that can cause your greens to spoil. Have fun experimenting with different greens and the flavor and texture they can add to your next meal, salad, soup, juice, or smoothie.