Steamed Red Cabbage versus Green Cabbage Taste Test

On a very cold February day, I checked out my fridge and while it was not bare, nor was there an overwhelming selection of food. I did notice in the back, behind the mayo and just to the right of some leftovers was a baggie containing a small head of red cabbage. I had purchased it sometime in the dim past (a week or maybe a month ago) with the intention of using some as an ingredient for soup. Never got around to it, so there it has sat ever since.

Now on this date, I decided, what the heck. It should taste just like the green variety. Right? I mean I love steamed cabbage with a little butter so I decided to give it a try. I did have the presence of mind to check the internet (I did a search) to see if there were any blogs on this subject, but came up empty. One entry alluded to the fact that red cabbage has more antioxidants and a more ‘robust’ taste, but that was about it. Ah, so a taste test is in order! (I come from a long line of ‘experimental chefs’, none of which has enjoyed a particularly long life span).

After having tried this dish, I can say without a doubt, the taste is absolutely the same! I could discern no difference in either the taste or the texture.  Now, if the claim is that the red stuff is healthier for you, then that would be a plus in it’s favor. I’m not sure that’s the case here, however. Also, I can’t remember if red costs more than green and will check that out next time I go shopping.

Update: I have never gotten the chance to check out and compare the prices of red versus green. If someone out there has, please leave a comment!


About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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11 Responses to Steamed Red Cabbage versus Green Cabbage Taste Test

  1. Sarah says:

    I just bought a head of red for $0.99 a pound and a head of green for $0.59 a pound


  2. Ali R says:

    Thank you for this post. Here I am two and a half years later wondering the same thing, only with a not so adventurous family. We’re going to steam this head of red cabbage and I will confidently tell the kids they’ll like it. BTW: Red cabbage runs about $0.40/# more than green in my experience, but if it is more nutritious, the cost is moot.


  3. Judy says:

    I was just reading about cabbages and it said Napa Cabbage has a gentler wonderful flavor. Bok Choy was also noted as a cabbage. Hmmm


  4. Janis Beal says:

    Red cabbage generally costs more but is worth it for all the extra nutritional value. It’s much higher in many vitamins and also offers antioxidants.


  5. Steve says:

    Hey kid, thanks ! OsceolaSteve here, Osceola, Mo. Imagine, Bing sent me to your post first !…….have a great year !


  6. Kaotick says:

    Red is definitely more than the green as far as cost.


  7. Deborah Argabrite Sherman says:

    Purple cabbage costs about 20 cents more a pound than green


  8. Big JIM says:

    Thank-you for taking the time to post this. I found a recipe for KFC cole slaw online and wondered if there was a flavor difference between the two if i sub red for green. I vote for the nutritional benefits of the red. Thanks.


  9. Sophie Leo says:

    I stand here in Wegmans deciding between red or green cabbage. After a minute or two of “Googling,” I find out there there is no significant nutritional difference between red and green cabbage. The green cabbage is priced at $.49/lb while the red is priced at $.79/lb. Green cabbage it is!


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