Red cabbage is one of our exciting Future 50 Foods! Learn about the humble beginnings of red cabbage and all the goodness it contains.
Initially, red cabbage was grown as food for livestock or as sustenance for the underprivileged, who couldn’t afford anything else. It wasn’t until the 18th century that red cabbage rose to popularity in the wealthier class groups.
Red cabbage is also known as purple cabbage, red kraut or blue kraut.
The red colour comes from anthocyanin pigments in red cabbage. In ancient folklore, it was believed that anthocyanin pigments had medicinal properties with potent health benefits. Today, we know that raw red cabbage contains 11x more vitamin A than ordinary cabbage, and almost 3x more calcium than lettuce.
As one of our Future 50 Foods, you can trust that red cabbage is good for you and better for the planet.