Purple Cabbage Harvesting:
Cabbages are usually harvested in the second half of June or early July depending upon climate. Purple cabbage is not always available during these months. If it is not available then it might be harvested later than other varieties such as yellow, red and green cabbage.
Some farmers prefer to wait until they have harvested all their purple cabbage before harvesting any others so that they don’t waste time on unsold produce.
The best time to harvest purple cabbage is in late May or early June. Purple cabbage does not grow well if left too long out in the open. You need to keep it sheltered from rain and sun.
It would be better if you could get some shade under a tree during these times.
You may want to start harvesting your purple cabbage at the beginning of April or even earlier. Purple cabbage tends to ripen much faster in warmer weather. That means that it is likely that purple cabbage will be ready sooner rather than later.
When you see the first signs of purple color on your plants, then you can begin harvesting them.
When you are planning to harvest your purple cabbage, make sure that there isn’t anything else competing with it for space in your garden area. You don’t want to be caught off guard by mounds of grass or weeds popping up among the cabbage plants while you are trying to harvest them.
Cabbage regrowth is a natural process and it is not harmful to the plant itself. It results in the head of the cabbage becoming more dense and harder than normal. It is not going to be as soft and easy to cut as before.
This does not mean that it has gone bad. Rather, it is just a natural process that is going to happen.
You can harvest your cabbage anytime after your plants begin showing their purple coloring. The leaves should still be tight against the head of the cabbage. At this point the head is firm and dense.
You don’t want to wait too long because the longer the plant goes into its life cycle, the more likely it is that cabbage regrowth will occur.
If you follow the steps above, you should be able to get through cabbage harvesting without any issues. It is also a good idea to remove and dead or dying plants from your garden area to keep it as healthy as possible. The cleaner the garden, the lower the chances of any type of disease or pest attacking your plants.
Your purple cabbage should be stored in a cool dry place such as a garage or shed. It can be kept in a cooler filled with ice or even in an old refrigerator if you have one available. Do not store it near other items that give off heat or it is going to spoil the flavor of your cabbage.
If you didn’t plan ahead, then just keep it in a dry location and it should last several weeks.
Purple cabbage can be a great addition to your menu if you know how to store and prepare it. Even the regrowth process isn’t going to make it taste terrible. It just gets slightly more dense and hard, but it is still perfectly fine to eat even if it is no longer the most pleasant thing you have ever tasted.
Purple cabbage is definitely an acquired taste for some people, but the health benefits are well worth the effort. Its storage techniques and overall preparation are not too different than what you would do for green cabbage. You just have to keep in mind that it is a little different and make some minor adjustments along the way.
You now know how to grow, harvest, and store purple cabbage. In no time, you should have several bunches ready for your family to enjoy and all the benefits that come with it!
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