Organic Red Cabbage: Langedijker Bewaar 2. Long Keeper 2. Brassica oleracea var. rubra.
Red Cabbage Langedijker Bewaar 2, translates as “Long Keeper”, It is a lovely medium-large sized red cabbage. Harvest in September to November, it stores well in a frost free place.
How to grow:
Sow in March undercover in modules, transplant out when large enough, about 10cms tall and up to 45cms apart. Or start outside in a well prepared seed bed April to June. Mulch with well rotted farmyard manure or compost, it likes fertile loamy soil. Harvest from August up until before first frosts.
Keep slugs and pigeons off them especially when small. A fake bird of prey, especially the kite type can work well for pigeons. The cabbage butterflies will love them come July/August, so covering with enviromesh, or something like it will save you picking off many little caterpillars.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Eat fresh, steam or boil until tender, don’t overcook. Really tasty as part of a stir fry cabbages take on an almost nutty flavour. There’s a receipe for red cabbage, beetroot and red onion, sauteed with honey, basamic vinegar and stock.
Cabbage was most likely domesticated in Europe about 3,000 years ago from its crop wild relatives Brassica oleraceae.
Avg contents: 100 seeds.