Wednesday Vignette – it’s just cabbage

The word “cabbage” sounds decidedly downmarket – about as far from the world of glamour and red carpets as one can get. It brings to mind watery Depression era broths, and dingy apartment building stair wells, filled with the unmistakable reek of poverty and strife. A bit unfairly, I think. Personally, I love the many culinary offerings of the Brassica family. Still, its name has that lowly ring to it… c-a-b-b-a-g-e.

I think something this gorgeous deserves a name more illustrative of its many superior qualities – looks, taste, nutritional content – if not its stinky smell. I have no great ideas for this proposed name change, though. Maybe I just need to start liking the name it already has, and disassociate it with the hardship label. For whatever it’s worth – this lowly cabbage was by far the most glamorous thing in my garden today.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – it’s just cabbage

  1. Italianising a word usually helps. I came across Brocollini in a restaurant at the weekend, so how about Cabbagini or Cabbagio?

  2. Tina says:

    I like that first suggestion–adding ‘inni’ or ‘agio’ might be the way to go. Lovely photo and you’re so right–much more beautiful than the name would imply!

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Brassica oleracea perhaps could change it’s name to Chicago West or New York Cabbie. My daily commute takes me through fields whose cabbages have been harvested and the remains left to decompose. The fragrance wafts for quite a distance. A (rotting) cabbage by any other name would smell as malodorous. One of my favorite vegetable families.

  4. annamadeit says:

    That’s funny – and true! If we upgrade the name, we have to upgrade its adjectives too. 😁

  5. Kris P says:

    You’re right it deserves a better name! The other commentators have come up with better alternatives than I could. But maybe a change of pronunciation would help? Cab-baughe perhaps? I have a brief WV of my own this week:

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – Cab-baughe is what we say when we’re making fun of it. You know, that affected French accent kicks it up a notch in the world of international cuisines. 😁

  6. Alison says:

    I’ll always associate the word cabbage with the smell of it cooking, which is not a good smell, IMHO. But it really is such a pretty winter annual, and that’s a nice shot of it. Here’s my WV:

  7. rickii says:

    i even like the smell (well maybe not rotting in the field), but cabbage rolls simmering in sauce? heaven!

  8. FlowerAlley says:

    Your cabbage is lovely.

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