Purple Cabbage – A Good Abnormal Cabbage

Purple cabbage, it is a variant of cabbage species in Brassicaceae, Brassica, a type of cabbage. The leaf and leaf ball is in purple red, that’s why it is called purple cabbage.  Other than, the shape and the even the size is the same as the normal cabbage.

The leaves are purplish red, with wax powder on the surface and nearly round in the leaf ball. It is especially rich in vitamin C, vitamin U and many more in vitamin E and B complex.

Purple cabbage plant can span out to about 50 cm wide, with about 20 leaves, leaves are in suborbicular shape with about 33 cm long, 30 cm wide, purplish red in color. It has light green color near the veins while the ribs are in deep red color. There is oblate leaf ball in the middle at about 12 cm high, diameter 20 cm, purplish red shiny leaf ball weighing 1.5 to 2 kg.

Purple cabbage is a vegetable that prefers cool climates. The outer leaves like the temperature between 20 and 25 degree Centigrade.

When it needs to form the leave ball, it prefers even a cooler temperature between 15 and 25 degree Centigrade with higher humidity.  Purple cabbage can also withstand a short duration low temperature between -5 and -7 degree Centigrade.

Cabbage needs sunlight all day long, it will form leaf ball in its first year. Cabbage needs more water, and nitrates is the most important nutrient for cabbage. Although it can adapt to many types of soil, it is best to sandy loam or clay loam with deep and fertile soil layer and with good drainage.

200 grams of cabbage contains two times as much vitamin C as an orange. In addition, this vegetable can also provide the body with a number of important antioxidants: vitamin E and vitamin A.  These antioxidants can protect the body from free radical, and can help in metabolism. It has the function of strengthening the body, regular consumption can enhance the body’s vitality.

Purple cabbage is a kind of healthy vegetable. Purple cabbage is also rich in sulfur elements, which can act as insecticidal, antipruritic, for a variety of skin itching, eczema and other diseases. Regular consumption of this kind of vegetables for the maintenance of skin health.

These vegetables contain a lot of cellulose which can enhance gastrointestinal function, promote intestinal peristalsis, and reduce cholesterol levels.  The iron element of purple cabbage can help to increase the oxygen content in the blood, and help the body to burn fat, which can help in weight loss.

Purple cabbage contain a pain relieve element, can relieve joint pain symptoms, and can also relieve cold symptoms and sooth sore throat. Therefore, arthritis patients are best to eat this kind of vegetables frequently, which can also help to prevent the throat inflammation caused by cough and the cold weather.

In every 100 grams of purple cabbage contains 0.11 mg of beta carotene, vitamin B 10.04 mg, vitamin B2 0.04 mg, vitamin C 39 mg, niacin 0.3 mg, 4% of sugar, 1.3% of protein, 0.3% of fat, 0.9% of crude fiber, 100 mg of calcium, phosphorus 56 mg, 1.9 mg of iron.