- A source of vitamin B1 (thiamine) which contributes to normal function of the heart.
- A source of folate which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- High in vitamin C
- High in protein as 36% of its calories comes from protein
- Naturally low in fat
- Naturally low in calories
- Naturally high in fibre
|Per 100g (raw)|
When buying cabbage avoid any with wilted leaves, cabbage should be fresh looking and unblemished. Remove the outer leaves if necessary and take out the stalk after dividing it into quarters. Slice or shred according to your recipe. If you need large amounts, an electric slicer will make light work of the job.You can also buy washed and prepared cabbage that is a ready to cook.
Sliced and cooked, it can be one of two things: deliciously crisp, with a mild pleasant flavour – or overcooked and bad tasting! Cabbage and other Brassicas contain hydrogen sulphide, which is activated during cooking just when the vegetable begins to soften. It eventually disappears, so either cook cabbage briefly, or cook it long and slow, preferably with other ingredients so the flavours mingle. Overcooking will also result in the loss of water soluble and heat-sensitive nutrients such as folic acid and Vitamin C. Cabbage is a good source of fibre and Vitamins A and C and folic acid.
Cabbage can be cooked in a variety of ways, for example, boiled in salted water, sautéed in butter, braised in stock or stir-fried in oil. It can also be eaten raw in salads or can be pickled. Blanched and refreshed, cabbage will remain crisp and colourful needing only to be re-heated if serving hot.
Use leftover cabbage to make ‘bubble and squeak’ and add shredded cabbage to mashed potatoes to make ‘colcannon’.
Stir-fried, shredded cabbage can be used in oriental vegetable dishes. For coleslaw with a difference use a dressing made with pesto,natural yoghurt and mayonnaise.
Good flavours to use with cabbage include:ham, bacon, corned beef, fish, pasta, apples,cider, lemon, sausage meat, and soy sauce
Looking for some recipe inspiration? Try this delicious and tasty Cider Braised Loin of Bacon with Stir-fried Cabbage.