Cultivated cabbage varieties are produced worldwide as a vegetable. It is a crop with a thick stem, grey-green leaves, and four-petaled flowers, growing to eight feet. Within the first year, it produces a greatly enlarged terminal bud that develops into the familiar cabbage head. The white, green and purple varieties are most common.
Nowadays China accounts for approx. 60% of the total world production of cabbage. Other major producers are India, Russia and South Korea.
Dried cabbage is available as flakes, granules and powder.