Last year, I was on a big red cabbage kick. I sautéed it with apple cider vinegar and cloves regularly (which is very good, by the way). I juiced it weekly with grapefruit. I even tried a weeks long solar dye with red cabbage on cotton. The solar dye was not very successful. All other iterations of red cabbage I leaned on until I got sick of it. This always happens. Once something becomes a staple, I tap the well dry. Eventually, I can’t stand the taste, maybe even the smell, of it. Until recently, that’s where I was with red cabbage. But this week, in an effort to mix up my stagnant juicing rotation, I worked up very real craving for a red cabbage juice. It really is an ideal vegetable for juicing. Red cabbage is cheap and the water content is very, very high. It’s amazing how much juice comes out of a handful of cabbage. It’s like a 1 to 1 conversion rate.
The full list of benefits of red cabbage juice is a very long one. To name just a few, red cabbage has anti-cancer properties, is great for the skin and aids digestion. Some people have issues with gas and bloating from cabbage. Luckily, this generally isn’t my experience. I also love a beet juice and beets + red cabbage = the prettiest juice ever. Red cabbage has a natural sweetness, but some of the cruciferous flavor you’d get from something like broccoli. I like to cut it with the bitterness of grapefruit and add an orange for a little more sweetness.
While I made this juice, I had a desire to shake up my music rotation too. I listened to Tweet’s not so new, new album, Charlene, for the first time. It was released at the end of February, but considering she hasn’t released a full album since 2005, I think it still qualifies as new. Oh, how I love her voice! I’m gonna go ahead and say I like this album. It made a good, mellow, morning time, juicing soundtrack, despite some less than great sound mixing. I’m listening to again right now. Cheers to Tweet and red cabbage juice!
Beet & Red Cabbage Juice
1/2 small head of red cabbage
1 large red beet (scrubbed)
1-inch knob of ginger