Carolyn’s Online Magazine
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CABBAGE?
TAKE THE FOLLOWING QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Live life like a Cabbage: Live close to the Earth,
keep your head down and stay out of trouble.2
Last Friday my husband Monte and I were returning home after a visit to Buffalo, New York. As we traveled through rural Indiana County we observed cabbage fields, some having been harvested, others being picked. Large trucks were being loaded with the cabbages.
This being the cabbage’s harvest season I decided to present you with a quiz so you can learn everything you might never have wanted to know about the vegetable.
- Cabbage is considered Russia’s national food. Russians eat about ______ times as much cabbage as the average North American.
- Preparing cabbage basically consist of cleaning and cutting the cabbage to the desired size. When cutting cabbage what type of knife should be used?
- What baseball player used to wear a cabbage leaf under his hat during games?
- An old tale relates that ____________________ was banished to a remote abode after being caught stealing a cabbage from his neighbor on Christmas Eve.
- What causes the unpleasant smell emitted by cooking cabbage?
- What is the botanical name for cabbage?
- On December 19, 2008, in the Macedonian city of Prilep, the largest cabbage dish ever made, sarmas (cabbage rolls), was made. It included _______ cabbage rolls and weighed _______ pounds.
- What can you do to lessen the unpleasant smell emitted by cooking cabbage?
- Cabbage species in the wild are native to what part of the world?
- Cabbages were first grown by _____________the Slavs in the ______ century?
________________ grew the world’s largest cabbage in County Durham, England in year ________. It weighed ______ pounds.
To learn the answers, click on
- Cabbage is considered Russia’s national food. Russians eat about seven times as much cabbage as the average North American.1
- A stainless steel knife should be used because if the knife is carbon steel, the cut edges of the cabbage will turn black.3
- Babe Ruth. He would switch out for a fresh leaf halfway through each game.1 is Brassica oleracea capitata.1
- An old tale relates that the Man on the Moon was banished to a remote abode after being caught stealing a cabbage from his neighbor on Christmas Eve.1
- The unpleasant smell is caused by the sulfur compounds that are released when the cabbage is cooked too long.3
- Brassica oleracea capitata.1
- It included 80,191 cabbage rolls and weighed 544 kg (1,221 lbs).2
- You can do several things to help reduce the unpleasant smell emitted by cooking cabbage. Use freshly picked cabbage—older cabbages that have been stored will tend to emit a stronger smell than freshly picked cabbage. Cook quickly. Use as little water as possible when cooking cabbage. Cook uncovered. Add a couple of thick chunks of bread wrapped in cheesecloth to the cooking water.3
- The Mediterranean. Wild crops are found growing along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Europe.1
- Cabbage was first grown by the Slavs in the 9th century. Greek and Roman colonists brought cabbages from the Black Sea region into Russia.1
BONUS QUESTION ANSWER
William Collingwood grew the world’s largest cabbage in County Durham, England in year 1865. It weighed 123 pounds.1
For more interesting facts and folklore on cabbages visit the following reference sites: