Cabbage is a leafy green biennial, grown as an annual vegetable for its densely-leaved heads. Closely related to other cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 poundsand can be green, purple and white.
It is difficult to trace the exact history of cabbage, but it was most likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was a prominent part of European cuisine, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century. Cabbage heads are generally picked during the first year of the plants’ life cycles, but those intended for seed are allowed to grow a second year, and must be kept separated from other cole crops to prevent cross pollination. Cabbage is prone to several nutrient deficiencies, as well as multiple pests, bacteria and fungal diseases.
Cabbages are prepared in many different ways for eating, although pickling, in dishes such as sauerkraut, is the most popular. Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber.
- 1 green cabbage
- 1 small onion
- 1 tbsp chicken base
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp celery seeds
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- fat back or bacon
- If you use salt pork or you may call it fatback. You need to cook it separate in a pot of water, other wise the cabbage will be to salty. If you use regular bacon you can add it to the cabbage.
- Cut the green cabbage in 4 quarters and cut the core out.
- Cut the quarters in half again. Mince the onion and add the cabbage and onion to the water. Add the chicken base (if you don’t have that use a bouillon cube), celery seeds, and pepper flakes. After you cook the salt pork for about an half hour your cabbage should be tender by now. Take the salt pork out of the water and cut it up, add to the cabbage.
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