Cabbage is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, Cabbage pairs well with the Corned Beef, and will be served with it throughout the United States as part of the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. It is not, however, likely to be served in Ireland. The tradition of serving Corned Beef and Cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day originated with Irish (and other) American immigrants only after they came to the United States.
Cabbage grows well throughout Southern California. A member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family of plants, Cabbage is closely related to Mustard, Broccoli, and Cauliflower. In the case of Cabbage, it is generally the cluster of immature leaves that is eaten, whereas with Broccoli and Cauliflower, the blooms are the part of the plant most commonly consumed.
Did you know:China is the world’s largest producer of Cabbage, producing more than all the other top ten producers combined.