Where Did Cabbage Come from?
Thousands of years ago, the cabbage was a useless plant which grew along the seacoast in different parts of Europe. It was a scraggly plant with showy yellow flowers, loose frilled leaves and a thin stem.
From this wild parent plant, more than 150 varieties of cultivated plants have been developed. The best known are the common cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and kohlrabi.
The leaves of the common cabbage plant grow close together to form a hard, round head. Red and white cabbages have smooth leaves. Fresh white cabbage is eaten raw in salads or cooked as a vegetable.
In fact, cabbage is from the Old French word cabouche, meaning “head.” Depending on the temperature at which they grow, cabbage plants produce either heads or seeds. Taking only three months growing time, one acre of cabbage will yield more edible vegetables than any other plant.