Monday, October 26, 2009
Remember Cabbage Patch Kids?
funny word of the day: cabbage
"The cabbage is a popular cultivar of the species Brassica oleracea Linne (Capitata Group) of the Family Brassicaceae (or Cruciferae), and is used as a leafy green vegetable. It is a herbaceous, biennial, dicotyledonous flowering plant distinguished by a short stem upon which is crowded a mass of leaves, usually green but in some varieties red or purplish, which while immature form a characteristic compact, globular cluster (cabbagehead).
The plant is also called head cabbage or heading cabbage, and in Scotland a bowkail, from its rounded shape. The Scots call its stalk a castock, and the English call its head a loaf. It is in the same genus as the turnip – Brassica rapa L.
Cabbage leaves often display a delicate, powdery, waxy coating called bloom. The sharp or bitter taste sometimes present in cabbage is due to glucosinolate(s).
Boiling tenderizes the leaves and releases sugars, which leads to the characteristic "cabbage" aroma. Boiled cabbage has become stigmatized because of its strong cooking odor and the belief that it causes flatulence. Boiled cabbage as an accompaniment to meats and other dishes can be an excellent source of vitamins and dietary fiber."
I also think that Cabbage Patch Kids, those slightly creepy, baby-faced dolls that were all the rage when I was a little girl, are funny. I had two -- a little black bald preemie boy named Arnie Frederick and a brunette girl named Dyna Merrill (is it scary that I remember their names after 25 years?). My mom knitted Dyna a tiny cardigan sweater that was so cute.
I also like corned beef and cabbage, the traditional Irish meal that for whatever reason, my Jewish mother used to make when I was growing up.