Cabbage is a common vegetable that is used in coleslaw, salads and sauerkraut. It is a leafy vegetable that comes in heads, like iceberg lettuce. There are several varieties of cabbage with diverse textures and flavors. Cabbage is relatively inexpensive yet one of the richest when it comes to protective vitamins. One cup of raw cabbage contains only around 15 calories with a full range of vitamins including A, B, C, and E.
Select cabbage that has a firm head and is heavy for its size. Avoid cabbage that feels light, because this is a sign that it has lost some of its moisture. Store cabbage in a plastic bag in the refrigerator's humid vegetable bin.
The sky is the limit when preparing cabbage. The many varieties and flavor profiles lend cabbage to many cooking styles and recipes.