Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Cabbage and Leafy Greens
Cabbage and leafy greens (collards, kale, mustard greens, and turnip greens) are important commercial vegetable crops in North Carolina. Although growers in the state supply only about 4 percent of U.S. cabbage production, during the month of June they produce one-fourth of the do-mestic supply. Leafy greens are shipped from the state year-round, but the bulk of the crop is shipped in late spring and early summer. Mishandling can easily damage these crops, but most serious postharvest losses can be prevented. Careful attention to proper postharvest handling can ensure buyer satisfaction and marketing success. This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, packers, and shippers of cabbage and leafy greens with proper postharvest handling procedures.