Baby cabbage

Baby cabbage

  • +Description

    Baby cabbage is a little version of the cabbage. The exact origin of the cabbage is unknown, but is likely from Turkey or the Middle East . The vegetable has a short stem and the leaves are usually green but in some varieties red or purplish. The shape and texture of these leaves also varies. Most cabbages have round and smooth leaves. However these leaves can also be pointed and wrinkly. The leaves are the ones which are commonly eaten.

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    Baby cabbages are available from South Africa and France

  • +Main nutrients

    Calcium, Fiber, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, C, and K.

Main varieties

  • Baby cabbage red

    Baby cabbage red

    The red baby cabbage has dark red, almost purplish leaves. To preserve the beautiful colour during cooking, some acid ingredient, like lemon juice or vinegar, is usually added to red cabbage dishes. Red cabbage is used either raw in salads or added in stews.

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  • Baby cabbage white

    White baby cabbage has a firm, solid head with smooth leaves. This cabbage is not actually even white. The leaves are very pale green with patches of white around the veins. White cabbage may be eaten raw, shredded in salads, or cooked in any way. It is also used to make sauerkraut.

  • Baby cabbage savoy

    Savoy cabbage has a round, compact head with wrinkled and curled leaves. The flavour of savoy cabbage is milder than that of white or red cabbage. Savoy cabbage tastes great in salads, soups and stews.

Preparation

Preparation

Wash the cabbage and cut in pieces or leave whole. From here, either eat the vegetable raw or cook it. The vegetable is delicious when steamed, baked or stir-fried.

Consumption

Baby cabbage is usually eaten cooked. However it can also be eaten raw as a snack. Baby cabbage are because of their size great to decorate a dish with. The vegetable is also popular to add into soups or salads.

When to eat

Choose baby cabbages that are compact and heavy for their size. The outer leaves of the cabbage should be without defect and have bright green or red colour. Baby cabbage should be kept in the refrigerator and consumed within a few days.

Did you know?

  • Cabbage is found in one of the classics of ancient literature. Achilles washes cabbage in Homer’s "The Iliad".
  • The vitamin C content of red cabbage is 6-8 times higher than that of the green cabbage.