In order to properly introduce you to my good friend… purple cabbage, I want to take you on the journey from farm to plate.
The red cabbage journey
This just in, cabbage are apparently NOT the source of children. They are however the source of many vitamins and other digestion boosting properties. Red cabbage, also known as purple cabbage or red kraut can be found throughout the United States and all other parts of the world and the best part is… cabbage is in season!
The richer the color purple, the higher the concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which are the protective phytonutrient boosters found in purple cabbage. So look for the most vibrantly colored, heavy cabbage with healthy, crisp leaves and do your best to stay away from heads with cracks, bruises, and blemishes. Always try to buy the head whole since it loses Vitamin C once cut.
The entire head can be kept in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Partial heads can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
To play with your cabbage in the kitchen, remove the thick outer leaves and discard. Then cut the cabbage into pieces and wash under cool, running water. Worms or other insects are easily taken care of with a 15-20 minute soak in vinegar water followed by a quick rinse and you’re good to go. If you want smaller pieces, quarter and remove the core. Then slice, grate, or shred to your hearts content.
- BOIL [large pot] for 5 min. in salted water + 1 tsp vinegar
- SAUTÉ [skillet] for 10 min. + oil [of choice]
- ROAST [oven] at 375° for 40 min. drizzled with oil [of choice] + lemon juice + sea salt & pepper
- BRAISE [skillet] for 30 min. with broth [of choice]
- OR… enjoy RAW in a salad or slaw
Here are 10 simple ways to savor cabbage:
- savory lentil stuffed cabbage rolls
- braised red cabbage topped with walnuts for a delightful crunch
- quick roasted cabbage with lemon and garlic
- warming red cabbage soup
- sweet Asian slaw with quinoa
- nutritious fall superfood salad
- gut supporting apple ginger sauerkraut with oranges
- quick and simple veggie scramble
- healthy red cabbage and Brussels sprouts pizza
- healing digestive elixir