Chinese cabbage is also known as Napa cabbage. A mild taste and a soft texture when cooked, and it's the key ingredient in Korean Kimchi. Best used in stir-fries and soups. Also great eaten raw.
To prepare the cabbage, remove the outer leaves and then cut them into quarters. Remove the core of each quarter and slice or chop as needed depending on what you're using in your recipe. Cabbage will keep in a sealed airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Like most vegetables, Chinese cabbage is best cooked over medium heat to bring out the flavors but still keep it crisp. Cabbage is great in stir-fries, cooked with pasta or on its own. For cooked cabbage recipes, you can steam, blanch, sauté, or even bake to reduce fat and calories! Raw Chinese cabbage makes for a great addition to salads by adding texture and crunch. It is also the key ingredient in the widely popular Korean dish, "Kimchi".
Cabbage is also a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese. It is low in calories and can help aid in weight loss by helping to curb your appetite. It is also a great source of dietary fiber which can help reduce cholesterol and regulate bowel movements.
Cabbage has many health benefits that are worth mentioning too! It helps to maintain healthy skin, promotes beautiful hair, keeps joints well lubricated, aid in digestion, protect against cancer cells and it's a powerful antioxidant.
Cabbage is also a fantastic source of vitamin K, which is what makes this vegetable so wonderful. Vitamin K can protect against osteoporosis, reducing the risk for individuals who are at a higher risk for fractures or breaks to their bones.
Further scientific research shows that cabbage can aid in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels as well as provide protection from rheumatoid arthritis.
Kimchi is the best-known Korean dish that uses Chinese cabbage. It can be made in countless ways with endless flavor combinations. For example, carrots, radishes, ginger, green onions and garlic are often added to create a vibrant flavor profile.
Uncooked cabbage can be used to make many different types of dishes. Raw cabbage leaves are used in many different international cuisines from China to Mexico. In China, cabbage is often stir-fried, while Germans use it in their beloved sauerkraut and Mexicans add shredded cabbage leaves to their tacos.