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National Cabbage Day on February 17th recognizes a delightful garden staple that provides some of the best recipes for the Celtic holidays coming up next month. It’s an excellent day to test your corned beef and cabbage skills alongside other delicious seasonal dishes. 

From the French caboche, meaning head, cabbage comes in a variety of forms.  The cabbage family is quite varied and includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kohlrabi and kale. Cabbage is an ancient food with origins in Asia Minor (Turkey today) and the eastern Mediterranean.

French explorer Jacques Cartier was the first to bring cabbage to the Americas.

When selecting a cabbage, the head should be firm and dense. The fibrous leaves of a healthy cabbage should be shiny and crisp with no browning or bruising.

Cabbage is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed or sautéd.  A popular ingredient in Asian, German, Irish and Latin recipes, it’s a culturally diverse food. Having low calories (6 per leaf) makes cabbage a popular diet food as well.  It has no fat or cholesterol, is low in sodium and carbs, and is a good source of Vitamin C.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCabbageDay

Bring out your favorite cabbage recipes. Wrap up pigs in a blanket or eat cabbage fresh. Make some delicious soup or vegetable wraps. In some areas of the country, you may be able to start planning your garden. Will you be planting cabbage this year? It’s time to decide on the variety you want to plant. Imagine all the goodness you can make in your kitchen then!

No matter how you celebrate, be sure to invite someone to join you. Share your delicious creations with friends and family. If you don’t have a recipe to share, we’ve found several tasty ones to try.

Slow Cooked Garlic Pepper Cabbage
Corned Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry
Kielbasa and Cabbage
Healing Cabbage Soup

Use #NationalCabbageDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this vegetable holiday. We have yet to find the creator of the day under any cabbage leaf, newspaper article or proclamation. 

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