Today, February 17, is a very special day. It’s National Cabbage Day! At GreenStar we have 2 great reasons to celebrate: local red cabbage and local green cabbage. Yes, in the cold months of February we still have some awesome, fresh, local foods. The red cabbage is grown by Remembrance Farm in Trumansburg, NY. Blue Heron Farms in Lodi supplies the green cabbage.

I love the beauty and crunch of a red cabbage. It is great raw and added to salads.  The patterns when you cut one in half are mesmerizing to me. According to Wikipedia “the red cabbage plant changes its colour according to the pH value of the soil, due to a pigment belonging to anthocyanins. In acidic soils, the leaves grow more reddish, in neutral soils they will grow more purple, while an alkaline soil will produce rather greenish-yellow coloured cabbages.”

Green cabbage can be good raw but I love it cooked. A favorite dish in my house is apples and green cabbage slow cooked in a crockpot.

The recipe is made on the fly each time but here is the basic recipe.

  • 1 green cabbage, chopped
  • 3 tart apples or whatever you have on hand, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • a pinch or two of cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mix  everything together in a crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours. Season with salt & pepper. Serve warm.

Let’s not forget about sauerkraut. Lacto-fermented krauts are quite popular here in Ithaca. MacDonald Farms and Crooked Carrot are  two local companies producing a variety of cabbage kraut products from locally grown produce.. Look for power kraut, garlic kraut, original kraut, curtido and more  in the refrigerated sections of our stores.

Here are some more cabbage recipes to enjoy

Red Cabbage and White Bean Salad

14 Indian Inspired Cabbage Recipes

10 Recipes That Help Us Love Cabbage Right Now

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

Asian Cabbage Salad with Pan-Seared Tofu Steaks

And a cabbage article from Strongertogether.coop