I am growing white cabbages and as the cabbage heart develops there are other leaves growing below the heart off the main plant stalk. Can these leaves be eaten?

I am not referring to a cabbage in which the outer leaves are discarded, say when purchased and the outer leaves are damaged/soiled.


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Found a few places suggesting it's safe (and nutritious) to eat the cabbage stalk/lower leaves:


I am cutting leaves from main stalk and flash cooking them like collard or other greens. Mmmh, very delicious, tasty and similar flavor and texture to other types. I would be careful not to over harvest them though because they are supporting the growth and nourishment of the plant while tha cabbage heads are maturing.


Yes, they can. I like to cut them off and use them in place of flour tortillas to make a breadless sandwich wrap!

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