About cabbage Mark Twain once said, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Things have changed since Mr. Twain walked this earth.
Cabbage is finally trending. I have been cheering it on. For a while, I felt sorry for our vegetable friend. Except for St. Patty’s Day, it did not get much attention, and even then it is overshadowed by corned beef.
Coming Up in the World
Recently, cabbage is advancing to the front line. People are now baking it for cabbage chips. Cabbage is less bitter than kale and makes quite a satisfying snack. Delish.com has a simple and tasty cabbage chip recipe.
The fact is that cabbage is getting the same health reputation as kale. You can find it in green, red, or purple heads with flat or crinkly leaves. It is in the same family as broccoli and kale.
People use the leaves for healing. Women who are breastfeeding use cabbage leaves for painful breasts. Cabbage can relieve inflammation and stomach conditions. It also contains a goodly amount of vitamin K which works to help the blood clot.
Cabbage actually has been proven to heal ulcers. Drink 1/2 cup of fresh cabbage juice 2 – 3 times each day between meals for two weeks. Getting rid of the pain of ulcers is a wonderful thing.
The vegetable also heals wounds. If taken both internally and as a poultice, the results are dramatic. According to Holistic Medicine Works, “To make a poultice, grate the cabbage, mix it with water and wrap the affected area. Change poultices at least four or even more times per day.”
If a person faces the possibility of radiation, cabbage can reduce the negative effects of the treatment. Here is an interesting case study.
Georgetown University supervised a study about radiation and its effect on rats. DIM is a favorable ingredient found in cabbage and other veggies in the cabbage family.
In the study, all rats were given a lethal dose of radiation. Some rodents were left untreated, and others received a daily injection of DIM for 2 weeks.
The untreated rats died, but more than half of those receiving DIM were still alive after 30 days.
The same researchers ran the experiment on mice and found similar results.
Conclusions from the Case Study
Radiation depletes red and white blood cell counts. The researchers determined that the DIM-treated mice had retained higher red and white blood cells and blood platelets. As a result, the researchers hope to use it to protect healthy tissues during cancer treatments.
It amazes me how some plants like cabbage are being tested for benefits to humans. Apparently, the chemicals in cabbage affect the estrogen in the body…great for reducing the risk of breast cancer!! Don’t forget one of the favorites, decreasing the occurrence of heart disease. For more information refer to Healing Foods.
Want to Grow Cabbage?
If you are a beginner, prepare to take it slowly. It needs cool weather and is subject to many insect issues. If you want to give it a shot, follow directions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Fun fact: Farmers as a tradition planted cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day. Superstition said that the cabbage would not grow well if they neglected this Saint Paddy’s Day tradition. There is more. The farmers had to plant wearing their nightclothes.
Cut Cabbage Like a Pro
The Secret Cabbage Recipe
The secret recipe I am showing you today is a mom special. Like most Sicilian recipes, it is simple but healthy with very few calories. This recipe has been passed down through the ages, and each new cook adds a specialty. Nobody remembers the original recipe, but, I believe it becomes more delicious with each new revision.
Sandi’s Secret Cabbage Recipe
- 1 head cabbage shredded
- 2 tbsp. olive oil extra virgin
- 2 cloves garlic whole or minced
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh mushroom sliced
- 2 tbsp. minced parsley
- 4 basil leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can Garbanzo beans washed and drained
- 2 tbsp. Romano cheese graded
- Shred the cabbage.
- Slice mushrooms and mince herbs (parsley and basil)
- In a large pot, add the olive oil and place the stove on medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms, garlic, and herbs and stir until somewhat soft. Add the cabbage and stir until the mixture is coated with olive oil.
- Add the tomatoes and stir well.
- Add the garbanzo beans and stir. Cook on medium until the cabbage is a reddish color and crunchy. Cook extra if you like it softer. 20 minutes for crunchy. Another 5 minutes for softer.
- Add pepper and salt to taste. (I use a bit of dried parsley and basil also.)
- Spoon into a bowl and sprinkle with Romano cheese.
Plant-based food, like cabbage, has been the trend in the health communities. There are many ways to cook cabbage for every taste. I happen to like the Sicilian style because it is part of my DNA. Actually, now that I think of it, I like cabbage and THAT IS THAT.