- Allow plenty of room between cabbages to expand properly.
- Enrich the soil with nutrients.
- Leave up to three leaves and new heads will form.
- Sow seed at the right time.
- Water regularly.
- Allow the soil to become dry.
- Grow near brassicas as they will cross-pollinate.
- Leave weeds, which will suffocate the shallow roots.
- Cut off the entire plant — decapitate head only.
Fermented cabbage with salt is as synonymous with German culture as lederhosen the leg-slapping schuhplatter dance.
Before you cook your cabbage, remove the stalk and the outer leaves, which tend to be grubby.
1 large glass container or pot
1 large sterilised jar
1 heads cabbage
2 tbsp salt (preferably sea salt)
Wash and remove outer grubby leaves. Cut cabbage in half and finely shred it. (A grater or food-processor can assist.) Place shredded cabbage and salt in the large glass container or pot. Place the plate on top of the cabbage to keep it submerged for 5–6 weeks at 18°C. The cabbage will create its own brine and salt will draw liquid from it. After six weeks, remove the sauerkraut from the glass container or pot, place in the sterilised jar and label and date it. Store in the fridge for up to six months. Enjoy eating sauerkraut with sausage and a simple salad.
This freshly prepared quick and easy salad is high in vitamins. It’s simple, healthy and a great accompaniment to grilled meats and seafood dishes.
Half head white cabbage, leaves washed & finely grated
1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
Pinch sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl and serve.
High-nutrient cabbage juice
A whiff of this juice will turn any nose but your body will benefit from its powerful cleansing tonic properties. It promotes healthy skin and calm nerves and improves digestion and intestinal ulcers.
1 head small clean cabbage
Scrub carrots, wash tomatoes, discard tough outer leaves of cabbage and wash the rest of the leaves and fennel.
Peel cucumber and cut up all vegetables.
Place vegetables in the juicer using the plunger.
Hold your nose, drink and don’t stop until it’s finished.
Pests and diseases
Cabbage moth (Plutella xylostella)
Moth larvae leave many holes scattered over the leaves. Webbing and droppings are left behind.
Cure #1: Pick off larvas and squash them one-by-one.
Cure #2: Make cabbage moth spray using soapy water and garlic.
Club root (Plasmodiophora brassicae)
This is a soil-borne fungus found in acid soils.
Cure: A least a year before planting cabbage, sprinkle 500g of lime on 1m of ground to prevent club root.
Downy mildew (Peronospora parasitica)
Light green blotches appear on the surface of a cabbage with this problem.
Cure: Spray young plants with half-strength Bordeaux mixture (a mixture of copper sulphate and hydrated lime), then apply another again once the plant has reached a height of three inches.
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