The red cabbage is a kind of cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, red kraut, or blue kraut after preparation. Its leaves are coloured dark red/purple. The plant changes its colour according to the pH value of the soil, due to a pigment belonging to anthocyanins.In acidic soils, the leaves grow more reddish, in neutral soils they will grow more purple, while an alkaline soil will produce rather greenish-yellow coloured cabbages. It is a seasonal plant which is seeded in spring and harvested in late fall.
Red cabbage is often used raw for salads and Colesaw.This vegetable can be eaten cooked.