I really love this photo of red cabbage that I took. So much dimension. So many layers.
Here are five interesting facts about red cabbage.
- Red cabbage is a good source of the flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your body against serious illnesses like cancer. “Flavonoids help the blood vessels to relax. The compounds have that benefit. It also protects the cholesterol from becoming oxidized. It’s not necessarily dangerous to you until it’s oxidized. Once it’s oxidized then it sticks to your arteries,” registered dietitian Joanne Shearer told ABC’s KSFY station (click here to read more).
- It is the flavonoids in the cabbage that give it its color. Red cabbage has a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which is also found in blueberries and flower petals.
- Red cabbage is high in fiber, which aids in digestion by forcing out all the bad stuff along the way.
- Red cabbage can be used for kitchen science experiments. The purple leafy vegetable is considered an indicator, which can be used to distinguish between acids and bases. Doesn’t that sound like fun? You make cabbage juice and see if it changes color when you add another liquid to it. Click here to find out what to do, and what it all means.
- Red cabbage can also be used as a natural dye for cloth or food. How about a cabbage tie-dyed t-shirt?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.