Wednesday 3 March 2010

All about cabbages

I think cabbages are thought of as boring and tasteless. This isnt true! They are cheap (£1 each) and very versatile and so should not be ignored. So here is a little rundown of what's available and what you might want to do with them.

White Cabbage

The white cabbage has a crisp texture and a slight pepper flavour. They are a good choice for coleslaw, or on the side of hearty winter meals and roast dinners (add a bit of vinegar to enhance the taste) and are great in a stir-fry.

Red cabbage

Apparently the taste is actually the same as white or green cabbage, now I don’t believe this but maybe my taste buds are tricked by the lovely colours. It has the traditional honour of being slow-cooked with apples (bramley) to make a tasty addition to both roasts and game. If, when cooked, it loses its vibrant colour - drain it, throw in a tbsp or 2 of lemon juice or vinegar and as if by magic the acidity will restore the deep colour (and make it taste a bit better too!).

Savoy Cabbage

These dark green cabbages have a heavily textured leaf and a strong flavour. They are ideal for making hearty winter soups, stews and broths because they hold their texture together well. It will keep for a week in a fridge – its best to place it in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Tundra cabbage

Tundra is a kind of cross between a white cabbage and a Savoy. It has a solid and crisp head and its sweetness makes it ideal for winter salads. Although we don’t have these on the website yet, because Ted’s farm doesn’t have quite enough ready, Kath reckons she will have a few this week and will bring them down to the depot. They should appear on the website very soon.

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