Thursday, March 29, 2012

Verona Purple Savoy Cabbage

I like purple colour very much. So when I was making decision to try a new variety for winter last year the verona purple savoy cabbage caught my interest. The first time I saw a savoy cabbage was here in Adelaide. Found very fascinating that there are cabbage with wrinkle leaves (Savoy~ A cabbage of hardy variety with densely wrinkled leaves). I like the sweetness of savoy cabbage. This is the first savoy cabbage variety  we grown and it was an interesting experience with trial and error. The first error I made was the sowing time. The first batch that I transplanted bolted. Sometime you just have to try your own sowing time instead of following the instruction. Followed the instruction at first did not get favourable result with the first sowing batch in winter bolted. Because I can be very stubborn at times, I sowed some seeds in winter~early spring which was not recommended in the seed packet instruction which at the end gave us some harvest.
Verona Purple Savoy Cabbage Seedlings.

Purple veins on the cabbage leaves.
Inter-planted with radish for productivity.

This is how 100% organic and neglected growing cabbage look like.

Amazingly, a well-established verona purple savoy cabbage can withstand more than 40 degree Celsius and our extreme hot summer here in Adelaide. There were also few days when it did not get any water during mid-summer. We were lucky to harvest several of this cabbage during summer. A heat-tolerant variety cabbage.

One of the cabbages that we harvest last mid-summer.

Aduh sakit pinggang belakang minggu ni nak berkebun pun tak boleh. Gara-gara lama sangat duduk depan mikroskop dari minggu lepas nak pulun habis kerja.

19 comments:

Daphne said...

I tried a purple savoy last year and it just wouldn't grow for me. This year I switched back to green smooth cabbages. Maybe I should just try planting later.

Sunray Gardens said...

They're very cool looking plants.

Cher Sunray Gardens

kitchen flavours said...

I like the wrinkly look and colour of this cabbage,.does it taste just like the regular cabbage?
Take care!

Liz said...

Apparently the savoy cabbage varieties have more nutrients than many of the other cabbage varieties. i must try growing them - this year I've planted a normal red cabbage - called red express which is new to me but the first seedlings aren't looking to happy. I have some more coming on so we shall see....

Daricia said...

i like purple plants, too, especially basil and shiso. i've never tried cabbage, but i might have to now that you've mentioned heat-tolerant varieties. i had thought cabbage needs cool weather.

rainfield61 said...

Haha...

Sakit Pinggang pula.

Dah tualah.

africanaussie said...

since we never quite know what the weather here in Australia is going to be like I also often sow seeds at different times, just in case. Those purple cabbages look delicious.

cookingvarieties said...

hi diana, wow, very interesting when you showed the purple cabbage at its growing stages and especially after looking at the last pic, i concluded its so mesmerizing to watch this plant grow into such a great beauty.
have a nice day. congrats on your harvest

Sean L said...

Love the wrinkly leaves of the cabbage. A sharp contrast from the young leaves, nampak smooth je.

Mr. H. said...

A purple savoy cabbage that is both cold and heat tolerant sounds wonderful. The best part is that I happened to order "Cabbage Savoy di Verona" from Gourmet Seed company this spring and look forward to trying this variety in our own gardens....especially after seeing yours.:)

tina said...

It is amazing that cabbage looks so good in the heat you all have!

Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

Must admit we don't grow savoy cabbage maybe we should!

shaz said...

Gorgeous looking plants. I love the taste of savoy cabbages too.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

another healthy plant from your garden..

Wendy said...

perfect purple cabbage heads!!

KL said...

Great to know that it's not a good idea to follow those instructions. I never follow the instructions on how deep the seeds need to be planted. Never works for me.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Daphne~Hope you get the savoy planting time correct. Maybe that is the crucial part. Ours bolted planted in fall.

Cher~I like the colour they bring in the garden. Not to forget the taste they bring into the kitchen.

Joyce~Hmmm...a bit different I think for savoy cabbage compare with the smooth ones. I prefer the savoy ones rather than the smooth. But its not that easy to get in the market. Maybe here in Australia there are season for them as well to buy them not all year round.

Liz~Thanks for the info that savoy has more nutrient than the other cabbage varieties did not know about that.My first attempt at growing red cabbage does not look good yet. Perhaps I neglected them too much. They are full of aphids at the moment. I don't think I can save them anymore.

Daricia~Once cabbage is established before the dry season come, it can be surprisingly hardy. I still have one sprouting broccoli that I totally neglected still give us some sprouts. The 40 degree Celsius that we had several days did not even fazed that plant.

Rainfield61~Hehehe...biasalah dah makin berumur ni. Jarang ada masa bersenam sekarang. Urat-urat terkejut.

Africanaussie~Yeah the weather can be strange and the changing of season can be earlier or late here in Australia. Its better to sow several batches at different time just in case.They are delicious. Took a long time to form head but worth it I guess.

Cookingvarieties~I am glad you like the sequence pictures.

Sean L~Yup sure is different from smooth to wrinkle.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Mr. H~Good Luck with growing these cabbage this year! I am sure yours will be much more beautiful and bigger than ours.

Tina~The leaves does limp during extreme heat but gets up again during the evening and after some watering.

Sue~I did not realised that you never tried growing savoy cabbage. Still plenty of time since you just started spring.

Shaz~Nice to know I am not the only one fond of savoy cabbage :).

Sonia~Healthy thats why banyak lubang-lubang...hehehe...

Wendy~Perfect for the organic gardener I guess;-).

KL~Yeah sometime the instruction does not suits the micro-climate. Its all the matter of trial and error, learn from mistake.

lena said...

so stubborness can also be rewarding, huh? hehe..