Twitter promptly flipped out at the news that Neiman Marcus is selling pricey collard greens for the holidays AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Collard greens are for sale at a farmers market in Falls Church, Va., Saturday, June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The timeless tradition of simmering leafy collard greens in chicken stock with a kick of cayenne, crispy bacon, a ham hock or just a turkey neck (if you’re health conscious) has been a staple at holiday meals around the country. You’ve probably had them at every family gathering if you’re black and your family has Southern roots.

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According to Glory Foods, a major mass-market purveyor of the green goodness, collard greens have been around a long time.

“A lot of black folks and white folks think the slaves brought collards greens here, but we didn’t,” oral historian Vermelle Rodrigues said. “Collard greens were already here.”

African slaves and Native Americans shared ideas on how to cook a variety of food, including collard greens, Rodrigues said.

“We had that mixture of culture,” she added.

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Collard greens are a staple in Southern cuisine, but they show up in posts across the globe. That’s why many on social media were shocked to see high end retailer Neiman Marcus offering the vegetables on its website.

For $66 plus $15.50 shipping, you’ll get greens seasoned with “just the right amount of spices and bacon.” Each order includes four 12 oz. trays and serves 8-10 people. To put the price in context, you can buy a bag of fresh greens for about $3 at your local grocery store.

Twitter users reacted swiftly to the news. One website even called it “gentrified greens.”

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Greens aren’t the only tasty treats you can score from Neiman Marcus. The retailer is also selling a complete brisket dinner for $235.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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