Cut cabbages when the heads are compact and before they split open. Heads should be heavy for their size. Mature cabbage heads will keep longer in the garden if their roots are either cut with a shovel or broken by twisting the plant.

A crop of small heads (cabbage sprouts) will form at the base of the leaves remaining after the harvest of spring-planted cabbage. Encourage them by cutting the stem as close to the head as possible, leaving the leaves at the base of the stem intact. When sprouts are firm and 2 to 4 inches in diameter, they are ready to harvest. Plant cabbage in late summer for fall harvest.

Use Storage Method 1. Some types of cabbage store longer than others. Be sure to match your needs with the correct type. Early type cabbages store for 3 to 6 weeks, while late types will keep 3 to 4 months.

Nutrition note: 1 cup of raw chopped cabbage contains 22

calories and 2 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of vitamin C (48% DV). Color = green, red.

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