08 Apr2006

Red Cabbage

by Marketman


Red cabbage (Brassica oleracea var capitata) is a close relative of the more commonly available green or almost white cabbage. A plant that is traced back to the 1st century in the Mediterranean, cabbage figures prominently in several national cuisines. A hardy, economical and versatile vegetable, it can be cooked quickly, included in soups, eaten as a salad or pickled. At the market last week there were some terrific specimens of red cabbage on offer and since I only seem to notice this variety from about February through June or so, I picked up several heads of cabbage. Its English name, cabbage, is apparently derived from the French word “caboche” meaning “head”, according to Wikipedia’s on-line dictionary.

Apparently, the type of soil the cabbage is grown ared2in affects its color… the more acidic the soil, the “redder” it appears (thought it almost always seems purple-ly) while more alkaline soil results in a “bluer” cabbage. We always seem to have deep burgundy-ish looking cabbage from the mountain province. I normally use the red cabbage in my coleslaw to add some color and interest to an otherwise rather boring looking side dish. However, I saw an intriguing recipe for some red cabbage pickle that looked spectacular so I thought I would give it a try (will post results tomorrow) with my bounty of red cabbage… For some reason, the stuff is MUCH more expensive than green cabbage…



  1. fried-neurons says:

    Do you like the red cabbage side dish that they serve with practically everything at German restaurants? Yum!

    Apr 8, 2006 | 10:55 pm


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  3. mita says:

    oohhh..can’t wait! i love pickled red cabbage…

    Apr 9, 2006 | 1:18 am

  4. trishlovesbread says:

    Red cabbage warning: I used some of this stuff in nilagang chicken once. In minutes, everything turned purple! Chicken, potatoes, and broth…even the wooden spoon I stirred with. Looked like I was having grape kool-aid for supper. Geez, still tasted good though.

    Apr 9, 2006 | 4:36 am

  5. Marketman says:

    fried neurons is it a red cabbage sauerkraut? I will be posting a pickled cabbage recipe later today… and yes, trish, the color/dye is amazing…

    Apr 9, 2006 | 6:39 am


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