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cabbage,

leafy garden vegetable of many widely dissimilar varieties, all probably descended from the wild, or sea, cabbage (Brassica oleracea) of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustardmustard,
common name for the Cruciferae, or Brassicaceae, a large family chiefly of herbs of north temperate regions. The easily distinguished flowers of the Cruciferae have four petals arranged diagonally ("cruciform") and alternating with the four sepals.
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 family), found on the coasts of Europe. It is used for food for man and stock, mostly in Europe and North America. Well-known varieties of the species include the cabbages, broccolibroccoli
[Ital.,=sprouts], variety of cabbage grown for the edible immature flower panicles. It is the same variety (Brassica oleracea botrytis) as the cauliflower and is similarly cultivated.
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, Brussels sproutsBrussels sprouts,
variety (gemmifera) of cabbage producing small edible heads (sprouts) along the stem. It is cultivated like cabbage and was first developed in Belgium and France in the 18th cent.
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, cauliflowercauliflower
, variety of cabbage, with an edible head of condensed flowers and flower stems. Broccoli is the horticultural variety (botrytis); both were cultivated in Roman times.
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, collards, kalekale,
 borecole
, and collards,
common names for nonheading, hardy types of cabbage (var. acephala and sometimes others), with thick stems and curly leaves, belonging to the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustard family).
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, and kohlrabikohlrabi
[Ger. partly from Ital.,=turnip cabbage], plant (Brassica caulorapa, sometimes classified as var. caulorapa of the cabbage species) of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustard family), with an edible, turniplike, swollen stem.
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. All grow best in cool, moist climates. They are attacked mostly by insect pests. The true cabbages (var. capitata) include the white and red types and the Savoy type (grown mostly in Europe), with curly, loose leaves. Inexpensive and easily stored, cabbage is important in the diet of many poorer peoples. Popular cabbage dishes include sauerkraut and slaw (raw cabbage). Chinese cabbage, or petsai, chiefly a salad plant, is a separate species (B. pekinensis) grown in many varieties, especially in East Asia. Cabbages with multicolored leaves are becoming popular as ornamental border plants for flower gardens. Cabbages are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales (or Brassicales), family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae).
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cabbage

Same plant as Broccoli. Cancer fighter with vitamin A, C, D, potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc, iron. Assists in digestion and helps prevent ulcers. One of the main plants used in making fermented foods, promoting beneficial probiotic gut flora. Used throughout history for cancer, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cold sores, colon, bowel, intestines, IBS, detox, gangrene, gout, hangover, headache, hemorrhoids, infection, joint pain, liver, lungs, osteoporosis, arthritis, shingles, sore throat, stomach problems, ulcers, tumors, warts- you name it. In the mustard family. Whole plant is edible, leaves, seeds. Grows wild too. One way to identify a plant from the mustard family (all of which are edible) is the flowers have 4 petals with 6 stamens–4 tall and 2 short.

What does it mean when you dream about cabbage?

The state of this vegetable in the dream determines whether it is a good or bad portent. If rotting and with a bad odor, it may represent old, stagnating conditions in the dreamer’s environment or emotional state. Fresh cabbage is considered to be a cleanser and healing agent for sickness and depression.

cabbage

[′kab·ij]
(botany)
Brassica oleracea var. capitata. A biennial crucifer of the order Capparales grown for its head of edible leaves.

cabbage

1. any of various cultivated varieties of the plant Brassica oleracea capitata, typically having a short thick stalk and a large head of green or reddish edible leaves: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2. wild cabbage a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred
3. 
a. the head of a cabbage
b. the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
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"That we will stick by our clocks and our cabbages."
Meantime the cabbages all turned very red in the face, and it seemed as if old Nick himself had taken possession of every thing in the shape of a timepiece.
It travelled for a time in the sky, and then it sank down and hovered over a large vegetable garden surrounded by walls, so that he came safely to the ground amidst cabbages and vegetables.
In fact Wolfert Webber was one of those worthy Dutch burghers of the Manhattoes whose fortunes have been made, in a manner, in spite of themselves; who have tenaciously held on to their hereditary acres, raising turnips and cabbages about the skirts of the city, hardly able to make both ends meet, until the corporation has cruelly driven streets through their abodes, and they have suddenly awakened out of their lethargy, and, to their astonishment, found themselves rich men.
His golden dream was accomplished; he did, indeed, find an unlooked-for source of wealth, for, when his paternal lands were distributed into building lots and rented out to safe tenants, instead of producing a paltry crop of cabbages they returned him an abundant crop of rent, insomuch that on quarter day it was a goodly sight to see his tenants knocking at the door from morning till night, each with a little round-bellied bag of money, a golden produce of the soil.
Dickon had bought penny packages of flower seeds now and then and sown bright sweet-scented things among gooseberry bushes and even cabbages and he grew borders of mignonette and pinks and pansies and things whose seeds he could save year after year or whose roots would bloom each spring and spread in time into fine clumps.
I never rode in a wheelbarrow, I never sat on cabbages, and I don't think it 's fair," she said with an injured expression.
In my family, cabbage rolls have been a potluck standard my whole life.
Red cabbage, like other blue, red, and purple fruits and vegetables, are colored by pigments called anthocyanins.
The cabbage enterprise is not for the faint-hearted.
Cabbage soup is getting a lot of buzz as a way to lose weight.
Rosemary Norwood and her husband Sean Cadman have spent the last nine months lovingly taking care of a cabbage growing at the bottom of their garden.