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"...Of cabbages and kings!"

Posted on Saturday 25 February 2017

By Diana Earnshaw

“..Of cabbages and kings”! A line from The Walrus and the Carpenter – one of my favourites in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A very appropriate line, as the very hardy January King cabbages are still available at True Food. They are deemed one of the best of all cabbages by many people. They are very beautiful too – with their purple-tinged outer leaves.

RedCabbageThey have always been thought of as a rather humble vegetable, but frankly, they are anything but. Fabulous nutrition – vitamins A (as beta-carotene) C, D2, K1 and a few B vitamins – especially folate. Minerals are pretty good too (but always better if grown organically) and cabbages provide a powerhouse of antioxidants. Red cabbages in particular have the best antioxidant profile. These antioxidants have been shown to help prevent cancers and gut-related health problems and fermenting cabbage to make sauerkraut is one of the best ways to treat many of these issues.

Cabbages have much to commend them apart from their nutrition. They are available all year round; they come in all shapes and sizes; they are versatile and can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, slow-cooked and even boiled – if you must! AND they are cheap! It doesn’t get much better does it? All the cruciferous vegetables have similar nutrition so go ahead on cauliflower, kale, spring greens etc.

Try these great red cabbage recipes:

Braised Red Cabbage - courtesy of Jamie Oliver
Coleslaw with curry dressing

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