All About Cabbage
Cabbage leaves can be either a light green or red, which actually is more of a purple. You can find it year round in the grocery store, but its peak season is during the cold autumn and winter months. You can turn it into soup, sauerkraut, coleslaw, or any dish that needs a nice crunch! Cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked and there are so many ways to enjoy it. Cabbage is pretty well known for the “cabbage soup” diet. It has cholesterol-lowering benefits when steamed. When cooked for a short period of time or consuming raw, cabbage is known to show cancer-preventive benefits. Cabbage is packed with Vitamin K and C! here are over 400 cabbage varieties available, but the 3 most familiar to us are the green, red, and Savoy cabbage.
FUN FACT: Cabbage leaf compresses can also be helpful for nursing mothers who are suffering engorgement, or those ending breastfeeding.
WHEN IS CABBAGE SEASON? Peak season is during the cold autumn and winter months, but cabbage is available year round.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GROW CABBAGE? Cabbage is ready to harvest in about 3-4 months after planting. Cabbage heads that are ready will feel hard and solid.
HOW TO STORE CABBAGE You can store cabbage in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but if you’re consuming it raw, it’s best to do so within 4-5 days. If you need shredded cabbage in a hurry, you can always purchase the coleslaw mix in your store. Keep in mind, pre-cut cabbage begins to lose valuable nutrient content, especially Vitamin C once cut. It’s best to get the fresh cut by the store and use that day if needed.
HOW TO CHOOSE CABBAGE You’ll want to find a firm and heavy cabbage. If looking for savoy cabbage you’ll want it the leaves to be a little rolled up. Make sure there are no cracks in the stem/base of the cabbage. Also, avoid a cabbage with blemishes and bruises.
CAN YOU FREEZE CABBAGE Yes! Just blanch quickly before freezing and prep the cabbage into shreds or however, you’ll use in the future. Frozen cabbage is better for cooked recipes, not fresh.
HOW TO USE CABBAGE You can turn it into soup, sauerkraut, coleslaw, or any dish that needs a nice crunch! Cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked and there are so many ways to enjoy it.
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