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Red Cabbage: A Delicious Way to get More Vitamin C

When you think of Vitamin C, usually oranges come to mind. But actually, red cabbage is naturally rich in Vitamin C—and just one half cup of shredded red cabbage contains 45% of your RDA.  Not to mention, the bluish to red color is caused by anthocyanins. You probably know that eating the rainbow equals eating more antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, and the same holds true for red onions. If color is not an issue, opt for red cabbage for an antioxidant boost. Choosing a more colorful vegetable can equal an easy way to get more antioxidants in your customer’s diet.

What does your plate look like when you add red cabbage?

It looks vibrant and exciting—the purple/red makes your dish pop. You eat with your eyes, and a colorful plate is certainly more attractive. Red cabbage checks the box for plate presentation.

Eat the rainbow: red cabbage is naturally rich in Vitamin C

Talk about a low cost, high-yield and colorful vegetable, if you feature a veggie medley of the day, add red cabbage in with your mix. You will have to be careful when you add raw red cabbage to something like a cole slaw…the dish might turn a lovely shade of pink, which, depending on what look you are trying to achieve, actually might work out well.

Try shredding and adding some crunchy color to salads, or better yet, add some shredded red cabbage to your  tacos.  You can also chunk up the cabbage and roast it in the oven for a quick side dish. Cooking brings out the sweetness and mellows out some bitterness, which by the way is caused by anthocyanins.

Have you tried braised red cabbage? It’s delicious and sweet with acidic tones, making it the perfect accompaniment to steak, chicken, grilled sausage, shrimp, and our favorite, pork. Check out this braised red cabbage recipe from The New York Times featuring balsamic vinegar and apples.

Since red cabbage is naturally rich in Vitamin C, adding more red cabbage to your recipe arsenal is a delicious way to add color and nutrition to your dishes. Even with just sprinkle of red cabbage shreds as a garnish goes a long way as an antioxidant bang for the buck since red cabbage is a food cost friendly item by nature. Your customers and your food cost will thank you.

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Beat the blues when cooking red cabbage

Has your red cabbage turned blue when cooking? Since tap water is alkaline, anthocyanins might react to it, so adding a little acid (lemon juice or vinegar) in the cooking water might help.

What other vegetables are hiding Vitamin C?

Since red cabbage is naturally rich in Vitamin C, you may be wondering what other vegetables are a good source of vitamin C? Check out this list from our friends at and see if there are some that you had no idea were on the list.

Red cabbage is a produce item that is available year-round, food cost friendly, and certainly colorful. Contact your Marketing Associate about adding red cabbage to your next order. If you are not a customer, find out how to become one today! 


Article submitted by Lisa Pettineo.

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