Danish Ballhead Cabbage Seeds - (Brassica oleracea)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 85-110 days
- Days to Germination:
- 7-10 days @ 70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun to partial shade depending on climate
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Danish Ballhead Cabbage
Very dependable and productive variety, resists bolting and splitting and is a good keeper. The large round, blue-green heads are 7-8” in diameter, weighing 5-7 lbs.
Introduced commercially by W. Atlee Burpee in 1887, this was a very popular variety of cabbage during the 19th century. Its history seems to be much longer, as the “Amager Short-Stemmed” strain was developed by the Dutch on Amager Island, just outside of Copenhagen in the 15th Century. Also known as Amager Short-Stemmed cabbage.
Cabbage was selected from a wild perennial cabbage along the coasts of England. Cabbage has evolved over time with different head shapes, colors and growth habits.
Home-grown cabbage fresh from your garden has a sweet flavor you've missed with the store bought varieties. Raw cabbage is sliced and used in salads or with mayonnaise as the familiar coleslaw. It may be cooked as an ingredient of soups, stews and stuffing's. May be best known as sauerkraut or in other cooking traditions as pickled cabbage.
In the fall pull the plants-roots and all- and hang upside-down in a cool basement or root cellar. Heads will keep at least a month longer under ideal conditions.