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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Cabbage

Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac.

The Chinese philosopher Confucius was brought up in poverty and lived on a diet of rice and cabbage.

The Ancient Greeks cultivated a headless cabbage, which had loose, narrow leaves, a thin stem, and whitish-yellow flowers. They ascribed its origin to Zeus who worked himself into a sweat trying to explain two conflicting prophecies. From this sweat sprang cabbage.

Jacques Cartier first brought cabbage to the Americas in 1541–42, and it was probably planted by the early English colonists, despite the lack of written evidence of its existence there until the mid-17th century.

To prevent scurvy when The Resolution became the first ship to sail into the Antarctic Ocean. Captain Cook placed on the deck a large barrel containing sauerkraut (cabbage reserved in brine, an unpopular food due to its German origins). To encourage his men to eat it he placed a notice on the barrel "FOR USE OF THE CAPTAIN AND OFFICER'S ONLY." It worked, no one caught scurvy and each night the levels of sauerkraut slowly decreased.

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playing baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.

Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 lbs and can be green, purple and white.


In 2012, Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, broke the world record for the heaviest cabbage at 62.71 kilograms (138.25 lb).

There are 26,253 words  in the European Community's rules on the sale of cabbages.

Cabbages are prepared in many different ways for eating. They can be pickled for dishes such as sauerkraut, steamed, stewed, sautéed, braised, or eaten raw.

Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber.


If you chew a cabbage leaf properly, you'll lose more energy than you'll gain from actually eating it.

Cabbage is 91% water.

Sources Greatfacts.com, Food For Thought: Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World by Ed Pearce, Wikipedia

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