Red cabbage is a mature cabbage with a strong peppery flavor and tough leaves. Its color is a response to different acids and bases, turning blue or violet after preparation. Red cabbage is also known as blue kraut or red kraut. It is commonly used for salads and salads, and is popularly used as an alternative to green cabbage to add color and presentation to salads and cooked dishes.
A red cabbage is high in fiber and vitamin C, and can make many nutritious meals and snacks. Red cabbage is best prepared with a short cooking time, before it starts to smell too much, and is best prepared in stainless steel pots or pans. An average-sized head of cabbage will serve nearly nine servings, cooked or raw, and can be served in a variety of dishes, from coleslaw and salads to more adventurous cooked variations. It can be served as a side dish or entree, pickled or boiled, or simply as a small, colorful side dish to a well-prepared meal.
The red color of cabbage, when improperly prepared, can turn many different colors. These color changes are due to the pigments in the soil where the cabbage was harvested and the pH value of the soil. The most common discoloration is an unsightly blue-gray color, although an alkaline soil will produce a yellow-green cabbage. To avoid color changes, red cabbage should be cooked with vinegar or other acidic products. Stainless steel cookware should also be used to avoid color changes during preparation.
Red cabbage takes 70–75 days to harvest, similar to the time period for a green cabbage, but faster than a Savoy cabbage. The red meteor type of red cabbage takes 75 days, harvests firm, and is good for all seasons. Ruby ball cabbage is harvested much larger, is resistant to both heat and cold, and is slow to burst. Red cabbage is generally smaller and denser than green cabbage
Red cabbage should be harvested from well-fertilized soil in late winter or early spring. Cabbage is often planted almost a month before the last frost of the year. A red cabbage’s pot should allow for movement and penetration of water, and it requires a frequent diet of watering, though it is otherwise an easy plant to care for. They are planted 1 to 2 feet apart (approximately 30 to 60 cm) and thrive in moist environments.