Tuesday, 08 October 2013 13:30

How does Cabbage grow?

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How long can a head of cabbage be stored?

  • Latin Name:

    Cruciferae brassica oleracea

  • Growth:

    How does cabbage grow?

    USDA Hardiness Zones 1 to 9. Click here to view USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

    Cabbage is an annual, oval in shape with soft, light green inner leaves and darker, tougher outer leaves.

    Spring: Seeds are planted indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.

    Summer: Harvest begins 30 to 40 days after seeding. Second crop planted.

    Fall: Second crop harvested.

    Winter: NA

  • Propagation:

    How is cabbage propagated?

    Planted by direct seed or transplanting of seedlings from greenhouses.

  • Harvest:

    When can cabbage be harvested?

    Heads at harvest vary from 5 to 12 or more inches in diameter.

    Cabbage produces a large harvest in a short growing season.

  • Storage:

    How long can cabbage be stored?

    A store-bought head of cabbage will last one week in the refrigerator or two weeks if picked fresh from the garden. Savoy cabbages need to be eaten within a few days.

  • History:

    Where does cabbage come from?

    Cabbage is native to Asia and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C, then to the Americas in 1536.

    Cabbage has always been a cheap and nutritious food source because it grows quickly and reliably and stores well over winter. One acre of cabbage yields more food than an acre of any other type of vegetable.

  • Top Producers:

    Who are the top cabbage producers?

    China is the lead producer of cabbage, followed by India, the Russian Federation, Korea, and Japan.

  • Varieties:

    How many varieties of cabbage are there?

    There are over 400 varieties of cabbage that come in assorted shapes, colors, and leaf textures. It is categorized by leaf type: crinkled-leaf, loose-head Savoys, and smooth-leaf firm-head.

    It comes in many colors, including greens, whites, reds and purples.

  • Products:

    How is cabbage commonly used?

    Cabbage is a salad staple, pot herb, cooking ingredient, used in sauerkraut, and cole slaw.

  • Top Health Benefits:

    What are the health benefits of cabbage?

    Cabbage is an abundant source of vitamins E and C (even more than oranges).

    Cabbage also stimulates the immune system, has been shown to be a cancer inhibitor, and improves circulatory and digestive health.