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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Commom Cabbage-Cow Cabbage Reply with quote

Has anyone ever heard of Common Cabbage or Cow cabbage.
I met a chap over the weekend and he had Cabbage growing on his allotment it had large heads on a very thick stem clear of the ground, He told me it was called Common Cabbage or Cow cabbage. I asked where he bought the seed and he said it was not available anywhere as he let two plants seed every year and collected seed. Anyone any ideas it was growing in Cork Bantry area so it may be a local name. Edible over the winter months very large head and very tight. Why didnt I take a picture? I keep asking myself the same question silly me as for asking for some seed I didnt think it appropiate and it wouldnt be like me to be shy.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google "The cabbage that is king"
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Thompson & Morgan selling seeds for the "Walking Stick" cabbage sometime around the 1980's, I think. That, however had a 6-8ft tall stem and a very loose head.

Since the Cow Cabbage also has a clean (but much shorter) steam, I wonder if there's some relationship ? Not much help, but just thought I'ld mention it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the cabbage has nothing to do with the walking stick cabbage, it was just a very large cabage with a large tight crown.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Greengage, I misunderstood your post. I took it to mean the cabbage had a short, clean stem !
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok still having no luck have been out and about with those who know these things and they are looking into it if I discover what it is ill post.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has piqued my interest and -- from time to time -- I've been trying a few different googles. Using google.co.uk I've just come across a 2001 offering from Medwyn Williams (of veggie exhibition fame) at http://medwynsofanglesey.co.uk/articles/308/growing_giant_cabbages in which he mentions that the variety "Brunswick" was often referred to as Cow Cabbage.

Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any pictures, but perhaps his description might be helpful, if only to prove or disprove its similarity to the cabbage you saw.

I'm looking forward to knowing the answer to this one !
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done I googled brunswick images and while there are differend shades from green to purple in this variety I think you are right a lot of the images look similar.
Well done when im down next again I might just ask him for some seed all he can say is no. (if you dont chance your arm you cant break your neck)
Thanks again appreciate you putting in the effort to search for me as I was at a loss on this
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course he'll say "yes"; I've yet to meet a mean-spirited gardener !
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