What is Cabbage?
Cabbage is a member of the brassicaceae family like cauliflower and brussel sprouts. It grows from 16 - 24" in its first year and lives in a 2 year cycle. Cabbage isn't a boring green vegetable, in fact in comes in over 100 varieties and also different colours. You can get white, red and purple cabbages as well as the usual green! You can even get ornamental flowering cabbages for your garden too.
Cabbage is one of the oldest veggies we have dating back to before 1000BC. The Savoy cabbage dates back to 1600s. Once thought of as a poor man's food it has had a resurgence in popularity in the last 10 years with so many people turning to veggies more in their diet and cooking things properly so you don't get the dreaded mushy cabbage that many of us remember from school dinners of the 60s and 70s.
The largest cabbage dish ever produced was in 2008 in Macedonia where 80,191 sarmas (cabbage rolls) were produced at one time.
There used to be a famous Cabbage Soup Diet because a cup of chopped cabbage only has 15 calories. People were literaly living on cabbage, okay they lost weight but this is not the right way to do it.
China is the world's largest producer of cabbage but the russians eat the most cabbage.
How to eat your cabbage
You can steam, stir fry, boil or roast cabbage. You can also eat it raw as in coleslaw or fermented like the German sauerkraut or Korean kimchi or the Chinese suan cai.
Cabbage is good for you
Studies show that cabbage can help prevent the development of some cancers. It contains calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, vitamins B^, C, K and A, folic acid, thiamin and potassium. It is also high in dietary fiber and low in fat.
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