Lycurgus Cries Tears of Caraflex Cabbage

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caraflex conehead cabbageCaraflex cabbage is a sweet and tender cabbage, that is hands down the best tasting cabbage available and a great alternative or addition to salad. Even if you are not a cabbage lover you will enjoy Caraflex. The Caraflex variety is lovingly nicknamed “Conehead” cabbage because of its striking resemblance to the Saturday Night Live characters of the same name. This charming quirk can make it less popular than its cabbage counterparts at farmer’s markets, which are one of the few places you can find it.

Fun Fact: In mythology, Dionysus, the god of wine, drives King Lycurgus of the Edonians so bonkers that he accidentally murders his own son in a bout of lunacy. After the incident, Lycurgus cried tears that sprouted into…cabbages! The Greeks and Romans, legends aside, placed great emphasis on cabbage’s healing qualities. And for good reason—cabbage is high in potassium (which helps regulate blood pressure), is an excellent source of Vitamins K and C, and contains phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, which are powerful antioxidants.

 

This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Caraflex Cabbage

We covet this weird looking vegetable! Sweeter and milder than your standard cabbage, though can be used in any cabbage dish. For a quick fix, cut cabbage in half, drizzle with olive oil, scallions and salt & pepper, then roast for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. More info

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