One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cabbage of a variety that does not develop a heart.
- ‘In many regions it is an agricultural pest on domesticated varieties of Brassica oleracea, including cabbage, broccoli and collards.’
- ‘Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, carrots, collards, garlic, kale, lettuce, mustard, swiss chard, spinach and turnips are all ‘frost tolerant’ crops.’
- ‘Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables like collards, kale, spinach, and broccoli.’
- ‘Longer, gentler cooking brings out a low, earthy sweetness in chard, collards, or kale, an uncanny flavor that plays well with other things grown close to the ground.’
- ‘Start cool-season veggies like cabbage, collards, carrots and cauliflower in July for a fantastic fall harvest.’
Mid 18th century: reduced form of colewort, in the same sense, from cole + wort.
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