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Green Cabbage by Fran W.
Did you know….

Wild cabbage dates back to 600 BC and was used as both a food and a medicine!

Activities: Red cabbage chemistry and Homemade coleslaw
Activity #1 Red Cabbage Chemistry

Red cabbage juice can be used to find out if a chemical is an acid or a base.

To make a red cabbage indicator, you will need:

Red cabbage, water, a blender, strainer, clear drinking glasses, and white paper

To do the experiment, you will need:

Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, washing soda, laundry detergent, soda pop, Alka-Seltzer, milk, apple juice, orange juice, etc. 

Tip: Cabbage juice will stain clothing!

Note: Parental supervision may be needed for this experiment if items like bleach and ammonia are used. 

To find out what to do, how it works, and why, please visit this site:

Red Cabbage Chemistry

Test enough liquids to make a rainbow of colors! 

You may also be interested in watching and doing this experiment with carbon dioxide and red cabbage juice:

Red Cabbage Chemistry Video

Activity #2 Homemade Coleslaw 

Coleslaw by Fran W

Homemade coleslaw is better than store bought any day! Plus, it makes a deliciously crisp side dish.

To make this crisp, refreshing slaw you will need:

1 lb cabbage, thinly shredded
2 large carrots, grated (about a 1/2 cup)
1/2 c mayo
2 T raw sugar or honey
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Make the dressing:

In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, sugar/honey, lemon juice, and salt and pepper together, then set aside for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together

Prepare the cabbage and carrots:

While you are waiting for the dressing to marinate, thinly shred the cabbage with a serrated knife, grate the carrots, and place these ingredients in a separate bowl until needed.

Put it together:

Once the dressing is ready, add the cabbage and carrots to the bowl and mix everything together with a large spoon. Allow the coleslaw to marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.
This recipe makes about 1 quart of coleslaw.


Question of the day…..

Cabbage is really good for you!

What are the health benefits of cabbage and how can it be used medicinally?

Learn more:

Learn about the cabbage family
Find out why cabbage is so good for you!
On this Australian site, you will learn about the health benefits of cabbage, learn a little bit of cabbage history, and find out when cabbage is in season. There are some easy to make cabbage recipes on the page as well.

This site talks about the many health benefits and medicinal qualities of cabbage.
Of Cabbages and Celts
Learn how cabbage got its name and how it made it to America.

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