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Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage Red cabbage is actually nearer purple in colour.

It has a sweeter flavour than plain white cabbage, though not as strong as savoy.

In Season?
Red cabbage should be in season all year round, luckily for us!
Red cabbage lasts for ages, so you shouldn't have a problem with it going off in your veg box. Choose cabbages that feel firm and whose outer leaves are still crisp, rather than shrivelled.
Store in a cool, dark cupboard for a week or two. It will keep for longer in the fridge, but the flavour doesn't seem to be as good.
Wash the leaves well, to remove any mud and bugs.

Then you can slice finely to use in salads or coleslaw.

If cooking, steam it lightly, so it's still crunchy. This gives you maximum taste and vitamin content. If you over-cook cabbage, it gets smelly - remember those old school dinners?!

One of the easiest ways to cook it is to steam it, finely sliced, for 5 minutes, with some grated nutmeg.

Or you could try the red cabbage and apple recipe, which sweetens it and persuades even fussy eaters to give it a go.

More Red Cabbage Information

Red cabbage is a good source of iron, vitamin C and calcium, as well as being packed with other vitamins and minerals.

The nutrients are best enjoyed either raw or lightly cooked. So over-boiled red cabbage isn't as good for you as lightly steamed or raw cabbage.

Did you know...?

If red cabbage is grown on an alkaline soil, it has a blue colour. If grown on an acidic soil, it has a more reddish colour...

Red Cabbage & Apple
If you're finding it tough to get your family to eat red cabbage, then this recipe is for you.

Serves 4 as a side dish

  • 1 medium red cabbage (or ½ large one)
  • 1 large apple (peeled, if you prefer)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ mug water
  • 1 dessertspoon vegetable oil

  1. Slice the cabbage finely. Cut the apple into quarters, remove the core and slice finely or grate.
  2. Heat the oil and add the cabbage. Stir and saut� for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cinnamon, sugar, apple and the water. Stir regularly as you simmer it for 5 minutes, until most of the water has evaporated.


15 minutes

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Black Nero Cabbage Soup

I must confess I never thought I would fall for "cabbage soup"!

So I was really surprised by how delicious this recipe is. Even my toddler came back for third helpings, which is unheard of...

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Mustard Cabbage

Wholegrain mustard transforms cabbage into an inspiring side-dish. By sautéing the cabbage in butter, rather than boiling, it tastes sweeter and less cabbage-like. So this recipe might even tempt devout cabbage-haters back to the dinner table.

Red Cabbage & Apple

If you're finding it tough to get your family to eat red cabbage, then this recipe is for you.

Spicy Cabbage Soup

You can use any type of cabbage for this recipe, so it’s a great way of using up leftovers. Spices are a good way of boosting your metabolic rate, which can get sluggish in winter, so this soup should leave you feeling full of energy.

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