Cabbage is a densely leafy vegetable with green, white and purple leaves. Cabbage belongs to the ‘Cole crops’ of vegetables which are very close to the cauliflower family; the same group contains broccoli, celery, and Napa cabbage.
Cabbage was originated in Europe sometime before millennia which became a prominent ingredient in European cuisine by the 16th century. Cabbage head produced in the first year of cultivation which is harvested and the plant is left to produce seeds in the second year. The cabbage head can grow up to 4 kg.
Cabbage is commercially cultivated and produced in South Asian countries like China, India, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, and Japan.
Culinary Uses Of Cabbage
# Cabbage Salad Or Malfouf Salad: Cabbage salad is served in Arabian cuisine which is popularly known as Malfouf salad; a salad made with finely chopped cabbage, lime juices, salt, garlic and a combination of minty herbs. Cabbage is added to the vegetable salad to make a healthy, exploiting salad which is sprinkled with sea salt, black pepper, some Chat Masala, and squeezing a lime slice; sometimes topped with shredded cheese.
# Cabbage Stew: Cabbage is a healthy, low calorie, the nutritious vegetable which can be used to make the stew with some potatoes or meat.
# Kimchi Or Cabbage Pickle: Kimchi is a very popular South Korean side dish which is made almost of every vegetable. Cabbage Kimchi is a tasty, yum recipe which served with steamed rice and eggs or fried meat. Kimchi is a salted and preserved dish easily found in street shops in South Asian markets.
# Indian Sabzi: Cabbage is used to make Sabzi in India; which is served with Roti, Naan or Dal-Chaval. Cabbage Sabzi is made in various ways; simple stir fry chopped cabbage with some spices, gram flour mixed cabbage, gram lentil mixed cabbage. Cabbage is one of the essential ingredients in Pav-Bhaji which is made at home and easily available in restaurants and street stalls.
# Cabbage Wedges: Cabbage wedges are a favorite dish among people which is made by roasting cabbage slices. Cabbage slices are oiled with olive oil or butter and sprinkled with herbs and lime juice and roasted for 30 minutes in a preheated oven.
# Chinese Noodles: Chinese delicacy noodles are full of cabbage juliennes; the cabbage used in Chinese cuisine is napa cabbage. Stir-fried noodles are mixed with stir-fried finely chopped cabbage, soup, and sauces.
# Cabbage Momos: Momo is food served in the North-east of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Momos are the dumplings made with the filling of minced veggie or meat in rice flour or all purpose flour envelopes.
# Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is an old Eastern European and German delicacy made to preserve vegetables during chilly days of winter when no vegetable could be grown. Sauerkraut is famous till date among people because of its tangy, delicious taste. Sauerkraut is made by preserving cabbage in salt and even wine.
# Colcannon: Colcannon was a staple recipe of Irish cuisine which is made with the kale or cabbage, mashed potatoes, salt, butter, pepper, and milk or cream served all around the year but now it is made and served during winter. Irish Halloween is celebrated with a tasty dish of colcannon with a coin or ring hidden in colcannon.
Nutrients in Cabbage
Vitamin K and vitamin C is found abundantly in cabbage and also provides folate and vitamin B6 in moderate amount. Cabbage contains some minerals in good amount like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
With such a large nutrient content cabbage has many health benefits on our body. Health benefits are listed below.
Health Benefits Of Cabbage
# Good Vision: The beta-carotene present in cabbage turns to form vitamin A which is good for the healthy eyes. It is advisable and useful to consume cabbage in the old days to prevent any cataract formation in eyes. Vitamin A also helps to maintain muscle movement and health in the retina.
# Helps In Weight Loss: ‘Losing weight without losing health’ is the motto of today’s world of being fit and in shape. The foods which contain a good amount of minerals and vitamins, as well as low in calories, are best to eat for tummy’s satisfaction. Cabbage is among this group of food which helps to watch on weight and provides the body with all nutrition.
# Kills Cancer Cells: Cabbage contains some compounds which are cancer fighters such as Sulforaphane and DIM (Diindolylmethane). Sulforaphane helps to reduce the chances of carcinogenic cells formation, and DIM helps to protect the body from harmful radiation during chemotherapy.
# Maintains Brain Health: The abundance of vitamin K and the presence of anthocyanins in cabbage helps to maintain the brain health. Vitamin K forms a chemical compound which is used to build a protective sheath around the nerve cells. This sheath helps to maintain the health of nerve cells and tissues protecting them from any damage and degradation.
# Healthy Bones: Cabbage and other vegetables of Cole Crops group contain minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese; which are best for bone health, growth and density. The stew or soups of Cole crops must be fed to young ones and old people to help them build and maintain their skeleton system.
# Immunity Building: The minerals and vitamin content in cabbage helps to keep the body immunity against the diseases. Cabbage contains anti-oxidants which are good to fight with disease attracting and body-degrading free-radicals.
# Helps In Sound Functioning Of Liver: Liver is a very organ in our body which supports our metabolic system. Many metabolic functions like protein synthesis, glycogen storage, and hormone production are done with the help of liver. Cabbage contains the anti-oxidants which help to detoxify the liver and maintain good health.
# Clears Skin: Our skin can reflect the body health; clean and glowing skin is a sign of good health. Skin cells help in the osmosis process of the body. Osmosis is a process of taking in nutrients and putting out waste and toxic chemicals from the cells. Each cell does osmosis; Sulfur helps in carrying out the osmosis which is found in cabbage. So to look beautiful and attractive, one should consume cabbage in good amount.
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