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In Season: 4 Green Cabbage Recipes

Light green and long-leafed Napa cabbage is the most common type of cabbage used in Asian cooking, particularly in Korean kimchi, a dish made by fermenting the cruciferous veggie. But Napa cabbage can be difficult to find in your typical U.S. supermarket, especially during cold weather months. Green or “western” cabbage, on the other hand, is more widely available and is in season during the fall and winter. Although not native to Asia, this cabbage variety, defined by its spherical shape, smooth leaves, and darkish green color, is used as an ingredient in many Asian-inspired appetizers. Reap the health benefits of this vitamin C-rich, low-calorie, and inexpensive leafy green vegetable by trying it in one of the four simple cabbage recipes below. 

Did You Know? Fun Food Facts About Cabbage

  • There are more than 400 varieties of cabbage available worldwide.
  • The world’s biggest producer of cabbage, in general, is China, followed by India.
  • “Western” cabbage is native to the Mediterranean region, where is grows along the seacoast. The leafy vegetable was hailed by ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal properties. The ashes of burnt cabbage leaves were used in disinfectant ointments
  • Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains amino acids that have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Once cabbage is cut it begins to lose its nutrient content, especially vitamin C, so avoid buying it precut.

Cabbage Recipes to Try

Cabbage Kimchi While traditional Korean kimchi calls for Napa cabbage, this recipe is made from the type of cabbage more commonly found in U.S. grocery stores.




Thai Coleslaw This sweet and tangy blend of Thai flavors takes just 5 minutes to make and is the perfect side for any season.





Steamed Cabbage Wraps Use this cabbage and sauce as a wrap for barbequed pork, beef or other meat, or eat them alone with a side of rice.




Spicy Asian Orange Ginger Shrimp Tacos A twist on traditional fish tacos, these appetizers are served in crunchy wonton wrappers, stuffed with shrimp, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, mandarin oranges, and shredded cabbage, and topped with a bit of heat.



Related: All cabbage recipes on Asian Supper! 

What's your favorite way to prepare cabbage?

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