I scored a case of cabbage from the waste stream.
With no room for it in the fridge,no time to process it , I figured it would be feeding the chooks soon.
But they didn't stink even after I left them out in the rain, and the heads were not soft, even though they looked like hell, so I did this:
I just had the cabbage, fried with some eggs, so good.
Clearly cabbage keeps well, even when thoroughly abused.
Frome coleslaw to sauerkraut to fried, I love eating cabbage.
Unfortunately, so do the butterflies.
I've yet to successfully grow cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower, due to pest pressure.
The cut off ends of the cabbage had some roots bright green leaves on them, so I planted them.
Hope springs eternal!
Cabbage is stupidly cheap in the supermarket here, and like you I have never had success with growing it. I just buy and use it to make my own sauerkraut etc... Like you I have been impressed with how well it keeps.
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This spring a friend of mine scored Freegan Cabbage also. Yes, my chickens got plenty of it, but I also made sauerkraut for the two of us, and a few other things.
We've got a healthy wasp population on our property, and they harvest most of the cabbage butterfly larvae, but I find the plants have trouble dodging the slugs and the grey aphids, so I do occasionally try a few cabbage, I don't count on them. I do better with kale and it's on my list to try making kale sauerkraut if I can squeeze out the time.