My neighbour told me her way of cooking red cabbage—slice finely, steam gently till soft, add a dash of balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of raw sugar. I tried it, liked it and thought: I’ve got to grow this.
It wasn’t a great success.
I sowed seed of the variety Red Acre from Eden Seeds in December last year and eventually put two seedlings into a wicking box :
They grew pretty well for some weeks and then one died. The other one developed a small head which stayed that way for months, so I got fed up and picked it yesterday.
After taking off the coarse outer leaves, I got this :
Taking off off the not-so-coarse inner leaves, I was left with this :
Oops! That’s a little Badge Huntsman spider lurking in there (brief pause while I return him/her to the garden).
What was left was no bigger than a baseball! :
I cut it in half and after discarding 2 worms and a slug (not considered significant enough for a photo), this was the sum total of 6 months work :
Enough for one meal, but like I said, not a great success.
Back to the drawing board.