Red Cabbage
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Red Cabbage is available year round.


When shopping for Red Cabbage, look for individual cabbages that are compact and seem somewhat heavy for their size.  It’s all right if a few of the outer leaves are roughed up, the Red Cabbage should likely to be tossed anyway. Avoid any Red Cabbage heads that are speckled with brown or black dots, which is a sign the cabbage might have bugs or be starting to mold.  Red Cabbage leaves that are browning or separating from the bottom stem means, the cabbage is on the older side.


Store Red Cabbage in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic wrap. Red cabbage should last 2 weeks, refrigerated.

Moisture is the big enemy when it comes to keeping Red Cabbage, so don’t rinse it before storing. Also, try to keep as much air out as possible if wrapping in plastic wrap.  Plastic bags with small holes can also help a cabbage last longer. The circulating air will help keep the cabbage dry.

Culinary Uses

A head of Red Cabbage has a stem and central core that are removed when cooking.  Both are tough. The Red Cabbage core, has a higher concentration of glucosinolates than the rest of the plant, making it more bitter. Discard any outer Red Cabbage leaves, that are wilted or discolored.  When cutting a Red Cabbage, cut the leaves thin to ensure a more even cooking time.

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 31
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 27mg
Potassium 243mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Red Cabbage is fat-free and cholesterol-free. Red Cabbage is rich in vitamin C, plus offers carbohydrates, calcium, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium and dietary fiber. One cup of shredded Red Cabbage contains about 25 calories.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie