Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables in existence and continues to be a dietary staple throughout the world.

How to Select

Buy whole in a head or shredded. Choose cabbage heads with tight leaves that are heavy for their size.

How to Store

Keep fresh cabbage in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Store the whole head of cabbage in a plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Do not slice the cabbage until you are ready to use it. Slicing the cabbage will cause it to go bad faster, so plan on using it within a day. If you only need half of a head, place the remaining half in a plastic bag and shake a few drops of water onto the cut side. Close the bag and refrigerate.

How to Prepare

Clean your cabbage by removing the outer layer of leaves. Cut your cabbage head into quarters and then rinse under cold running water. Shred raw cabbage for use in salads, such as coleslaw. Cook cabbage and add it to soups and stews. Cabbage can also be pickled which is called sauerkraut.