Cabbage is a common vegetable, but is one of the richest in protective vitamins. It can be eaten raw and when doing so, cleans out the stomach and upper bowels. Cabbage is usually light green in colour, but can also come in colours like red, and is most fresh when the leaves are nice and compact. There are a wide range of types so be sure to ask your greengrocer for the best local varieties in season.
Select a cabbage that has little to no loose outside leaves and a compact head, heavy for its size. Store the cabbage in an air tight bag in the crisper section of the fridge. Cabbage usually doesn’t stay fresh for more than a day once it has been cut, but keeps very well whole inside its ‘wrapper’ leaves.