Cabbage is the dean of our vegetables: it was present in Europe during prehistoric times. Roman gastronomes argued over it, some finding it fine, others common. It was popular during the Middle Ages for, in addition to its culinary properties, it was used in poultices to treat sciatica and varicose ulcers. It long remained the poor man’s doctor. Not surprisingly, it was one of the first vegetables planted by the people of New France. It comes in more than 100 varieties.