Although cabbage is considered a common vegetable today, it was once a luxury food in ancient Rome. People prized its flavor above that of other veggies, and they believed it had medicinal properties.
It is said that the ancient Greeks also used cabbage for medicinal purposes. They treated things like headaches and gout with it.
While cabbage is not a luxury food item, it deserves to be. Cabbage is an important player in our kitchens because it is more than just adding flavor to food.
Cabbage is a great food for your health. It has only 22 calories per cup and provides one gram of protein, two grams of fiber, 85% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and 54% of the recommended vitamin C.
When to Harvest Cabbage
First, you must determine when to harvest your cabbages. If it’s too early, they won’t be ripe enough. If it’s too late, they’ll rot. You must give them the proper amount of time.
To figure out how long it takes to harvest cabbage, you first need to know what kind of cabbage you planted. Some varieties mature in as few as 80 days from seed and 60 days from transplanting. While for others it takes 175 days from seed or 103 days from transplant.
For each crop you grow, be aware of how long it takes to harvest.
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Some cabbages are ready when they’re softball-sized, but others are mature when they’re the size of a soccer ball — or even bigger than that, Depending on the variety you plant.
But how do you know when it’s ripe? To tell if cabbage is ripe, give it a firm squeeze. If it’s soft in the middle, it is probably not ready.
When you see the leaves start to crack it is a sign that they are ready to be harvested. Look at the leaves sticking tightly to the softball or soccer ball or whatever you have. If you see them starting to split, it’s time to harvest.
What do you do if your cabbage is about to split due to the weather? Maybe it’s time to harvest it. When you have a good harvest, but bad weather is on its way, you have to act fast. Excessive rainfall, as well as excessive watering, will pose a problem because it can split the heads of mature cabbage. Before that happens, you should immediately harvest it.
How to Harvest Cabbage
Unlike the how-to harvest corn, when you’re harvesting cabbage, you have a couple of options. You can either do it in the morning or in the afternoon. Whichever you choose, it’s best to do it before the sun gets too hot and wilts the leaves.
To harvest cabbage, you should pull up the entire plant with its roots. The roots should come along for the ride because you should pull hard and fast. The soil should be loose, so it comes out easily.
Alternatively, you can use your strong gloved hand to rip off the cabbage head at the base.
You have another, more dangerous option involving sharp implements. However, the outcome might be will scratch the cabbage a little.
Using a very sharp knife or pruning shears, cut the cabbage head off, leaving a few inches of the stem and some of the large, floppy leaves intact.
in gratitude for leaving a small part of itself behind, the cabbage plant will reward you with new life. In about two weeks, you’ll see the buds of new cabbages growing from the side of the mother plant. If too many grow, prune them to allow just two or three to flourish.
The new generation of side-heads will not be as big as the first one, but they will be every bit as delicious. As long as they have time to continue growing, they will be just as nourishing.
Preparation and Storage Cabbage
Start by removing the outer leaves from the cabbage. This will be your compost material. The next step is to feed the chickens with the cabbage or add it to your compost pile.
After you cut the heads off of a bunch of flowers, put them in a shady spot or bring them into the house. Otherwise, they can be baked in the sun.
After you chop up the cabbage, let it sit for a few days on the counter. Then wrap it in plastic and store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for weeks.