Red Cabbage Sauerkraut

We have just harvested our little crop of red cabbages, and I have made several jars of pretty purple sauerkraut.

Red Drumhead cabbages

These cabbages (“Red Drumhead” from Kings Seeds) have proven very hardy and pest resistant in our garden. We prefer to plant them in the autumn. They are not especially large cabbages, but the heads are really nice and compact. Owen has been pointing at them for weeks and saying, “yum-a-num”! It will be fun to give him some purple sauerkraut to try.

I’ve already fertilised the area where the cabbages came out with rock dust and compost, and have planted some cherry tomatoes there — a variety called “Baxter’s Early Bush” from Running Brook Seeds. If these thrive, I expect they will be a very popular snack for Owen, who loves to gather food and flowers from the garden.

3 Responses to “Red Cabbage Sauerkraut”

  1. Pippa says:

    Hi, Any chance of show and tell about how you make your sauerkraut? I’ve been wanting to try making some for a while but am always nervous about making fermented things the first time. 🙂

    I love your blog and I’m glad to see you posting again.

    I’m hoping to buy some caspian sea yogurt and maybe a sourdough starter from you when I have a bit more money, but I was wondering if you knew if rewana (maori bread) is the same culture as sourdough? I think it must at least be similar, but I’m not sure?

  2. PeterNZ says:

    Hello Rebecca, good to see you again. We had Baxter’s Early Bush last year and they are great! But my all time favourite was Principe Borghese, an Italian Heirloom tomato. I got the seeds at Kings Seed as well.



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