Food for Thought
Cool Cabbage Confetti
Serving size– 35 servings Ingredients
1/4 c salad
• 1 10 oz. package shredded green
1. Place green and red cabbage in a • 1 10 oz. package shredded red
large bowl and mix. cabbage
2. Add the crushed pineapple and juice. • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
3. Add salt and pepper. Mix ingredients in 100% juice
together and chill for 30 minutes. • 1/8 tsp. salt
4. Serve salad to students on paper • 1/8 tsp. pepper
Source: Network for a Healthy California, Hawthorne
Unified School District
Did You Know?
• Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin
C and vitamin K. Vitamin K helps blood clot.
• Red, purple, and Savoy cabbage are a
good source of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy nocturnal vision.
• Savoy and Chinese cabbage are a good source of folate.
• Many vegetables evolved from the original wild cabbage including
broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, and kale.
• Wild cabbage spread to Northern Europe from Asia and the
Mediterranean as early as 600 B.C.E.
• In 1541, French explorer Jacques Cartier introduced cabbage to North
• California leads the nation in commercial cabbage production: over
13,000 acres valued over $70 million!
• Cabbage harvest peaks in California just in time for the traditional
St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage.
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Curriculum Ideas Cabbage Resources & More
Harvest of the Month teacher materials: http://
• Explorers traveled with cabbage to prevent
scurvy and introduced it to North America in • California Cabbage: http://ucanr.org/freepubs/
the 1500s. Determine the distance from
• Fruits & Veggies Matter: http://
Europe to North America. Have the students convert the distance www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/cabbage.html
from miles into yards, feet, kilometers, meters, etc…
The Have a Good Day Cafe
Research & Investigation:
by Frances Park & Ginger Park
• Make a list of cruciferous vegetables, with the phytonutrients they
contain, and what health benefits they provide. The Talking Vegetables by Paye & Lippert
• What is scurvy and how do you prevent it?
Green Power: Leaf and Flower Vegetables
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
What’s in the Name?
Physical Activity Corner Pronunciation: kăb’ĭj
Crossing with Cabbage
Spanish name: cole
Objective: Students will develop
endurance to maintain heart health. Genus: Brassica
Species: Brassica oleracea
Supplies: World map, tickets, and a track
(or a run loop) Cabbage is a cole crop of the Mustard family
(Brassicaceae) and its varietal name, B. oleracea
Activity Time: 20 minutes a day
Capitata, distinguishes this cruciferous vegetable
Activity: asbeing “in the form of a head.” The species B.
After your students have calculated the distance between Europe and oleracea, or wild cabbage, is grouped into seven
America, have your students run or jog the distance by the end of major cultivars based on development. Within the
month!!! Capitata Group are the green, red, purple, Chinese
(Napa) and savoy varieties which belong to another
Give each student a ticket for every lap they complete. species, B. rapa.
At the end of the 20 minutes collect all the tickets.
Have one student add up the number of tickets. As a class multiply
the length of the track by the number of tickets to determine the
Mark on your world map how far you have traveled.
Repeat until your students and the cabbage reach
America! Source: http://www.harvestofthemonth.com/download/
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