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Cabbage

History and Facts:
There is historical and botanical evidence that cabbage has been in cultivation for more than 4,000 years. Scrolls from 1000 B.C. were uncovered during the Boxer Rebellion in China that mentioned white cabbage as a cure for baldness in older men. Cabbage was first brought to North America in the 1600's and the first recorded planting was in 1699.

Florida cabbage yield, production and value increased for a record cash value of $42.7 million
in 1996-97.

Manatee remains the leading cabbage-producing county in the state, by a slight margin, producing about 23 percent of the 1996-97 crop.

Nutritional Value:
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C, with one wedge providing 82 percent of the recommended daily allowance. It is also ideal roughage, and in most cases improves digestion.

Storage:
Cabbage should be stored at 32 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity between 98 and 100 percent. Adequate ventilation is a requirement. Cabbage stored at room temperature will wilt and become flabby due to moisture loss. Typical shelf life is 90 to 180 days.

Availability:
November through June