General information

Unique vegetable - Savoy cabbage


Vegetable belongs to the same cruciferous family as regular white cabbage. Outwardly, they are very similar. However, it is quite easy to distinguish between two types of vegetables. It is necessary to look at the leaves - they are thin, corrugated, as if covered with small bubbles, and the veins are almost invisible in the Savoy heads.

The composition and calorie Savoy cabbage

The calorie content of a vegetable is very small - only 27 calories per 100 g of cabbage. In this case, most of the carbohydrates - 74%, there are proteins in the amount of 24%, there are even fats - 1.2%.

The main benefit of a vegetable is its composition. It includes:

  • vitamins - C, E, A,
  • B vitamins,
  • PP nicotinic acid,
  • a small amount of fiber,
  • calcium and manganese,
  • iron, potassium and sodium,
  • amino acids
  • natural antioxidants.

What is useful savoy cabbage

Due to the high content of valuable substances, the product has not only culinary, but also medical value. Namely:

  • helps cleanse the body of toxins and remove carcinogens,
  • has a calming effect on the nervous system,
  • helps to increase resistance to viruses and infections
  • helps to maintain normal weight with a tendency to obesity,
  • stimulates the heart system and strengthens blood vessels
  • helps against edema,
  • improves healthy digestion

It has a product and several other special properties.

For men and women

For women, the advantage of savoy cabbage leaves is that the vegetable has a good effect on the reproductive system and contributes to increased blood clotting. This is especially useful with heavy and painful menstruation.

For men, a vegetable reduces the risk of inflammation of the prostate gland. Against the background of vascular fortification, the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes, to which men are especially prone, is reduced.

For a child’s body, a vegetable is useful in helping to strengthen the immune system and increases stress resistance. However, it is possible to give it to a child only after 6 months, and then having previously welded it and finely rubbed it. A fresh vegetable is recommended to enter into the diet not earlier than after 1 year of life.

Savoy cabbage during pregnancy and breastfeeding

During childbearing the product is allowed. Its advantage lies in the fact that it helps a woman to get rid of edema and constipation, eliminates a strong toxemia, nourishes the body with calcium and vitamins.

But during lactation, it is better to abstain from fresh vegetables in order to avoid colic in a baby. True, it is still allowed to eat stewed and boiled product - it stimulates the production of breast milk.

Recipes of traditional medicine with savoy cabbage

The product is very appreciated in traditional medicine. It is recommended to use it:

  • with heart ailments
  • as prevention of oncology,
  • with problems with teeth and gums,
  • with vitamin deficiency and lack of strength,
  • with a tendency to gain weight and with obesity,
  • with gastric disorders and liver diseases,
  • as the prevention of eye diseases.

For heart

For the prevention of heart ailments, they use a fruit and vegetable salad based on cabbage. To 100 g of finely chopped fresh leaves add slices of banana, grapefruit and kiwi, pour over the top with a small amount of honey and sprinkle with flax seeds. Such a dish, when consumed 3–5 times a week, has a very positive effect on the heart system.

From hangover

Fresh vegetable perfectly helps to cope with intoxication of the body after a feast. 100 ml of fresh cabbage juice should be mixed with 5 g of honey, mix well, squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the mixture and mix again. The effect will come after the first portion in the morning, but for a better cleansing of the body, it is recommended to prepare the infusion twice more - at lunch and before dinner.

The use of savoy cabbage in cosmetology

Vegetable benefits in the cosmetic field, because it has a good effect on the skin, providing a rejuvenating, cleansing and tightening effect.

Against inflammation and acne, the following home lotion will help:

  • 50 ml of fresh savoy cabbage juice is mixed with 25 ml of pure water,
  • 25 ml of salicylic alcohol are added to the mixture,
  • Lotion is thoroughly stirred and wiped his face in the morning and in the evening after removing makeup.

For moisturizing and rejuvenating dry skin suitable cabbage mask.

  • A couple of fresh cabbage leaves are boiled in milk until they soften.
  • Then soft leaves are ground through a strainer.
  • After that, a mask for half an hour is applied on clean skin.

When used three times a week, the mask will effectively soften and moisturize dry skin.

How to cook savoy cabbage

In what form is the product most useful, and how can it be processed?

  • The maximum benefit lies in fresh leaves, which preserve all the vitamins in full.
  • A boiled and stewed vegetable is also useful, although the amount of valuable substances in it is slightly reduced after heat treatment. After boiling or stewing, the leaves become much softer and acquire a delicate, pleasant taste.
  • Another way of cooking vegetables is roasting in the oven. The concentration of nutrients in it becomes less, however, baked dishes with cabbage still saturate the body with vitamins and minerals.

But to fry a vegetable, at least fresh, is not recommended - from this it loses not only its benefits, but also its taste qualities. Only pre-boiled or stewed leaves can be processed in the pan.

What to cook from savoy cabbage

On the basis of the product dozens of salads, first and second courses are prepared. For example, such dishes from savoy cabbage are popular:

  • cabbage rolls,
  • braised cabbage leaves with meat or other vegetables,
  • schnitzels,
  • meat, fish and vegetable casseroles with these vegetables,
  • vegetable soups,
  • tasty and nutritious vegetable salads.

Boiled or stewed vegetables can be used for filling in pies and pies.

Selection and storage of savoy cabbage

You can find vegetables in stores at any time of the year. Choose it easily. The leaves of the product should be green, fresh, without yellowish or brown spots, without whitish plaque. No rot or damage on the head.

Store cabbage is stored for a short time - maximum for a week in the refrigerator. Therefore, it is better to buy medium-sized cabbages and use them immediately.

Damage to savoy cabbage and contraindications

Of course, the use of the product is not ubiquitous - sometimes it can be harmful. Contraindications for its use include:

  • acute gastritis,
  • gastric ulcer in a state of exacerbation,
  • pancreatitis,
  • thyroid disease,
  • severe heart ailments.

Also, the product is not recommended to eat in large quantities - in large quantities it provokes bloating and flatulence.


The benefits and harms of savoy cabbage depend on how carefully you use it. In the absence of contraindications, the product will have a beneficial effect on the body, but in case of serious chronic illnesses it is better to abstain from this vegetable.

Savoy cabbage: calories, vitamins and minerals

For those who do not know what Savoy cabbage looks like, it should be said that outwardly it is very similar to its sister - the usual white one. But there are differences:

  • head loose, has a loose structure,
  • leaves are soft, delicate and embossed (coarse fibers are absent),
  • color - rich green.

The main differences relate to its vitamin and mineral composition. Savoy cabbage contains more nutrients than many other species (by the amount of protein it exceeds the white cabbage twice). In cabbage leaves are:

  • vitamins (thiamine, ascorbic, folic, pantothenic acid, tocopherol, niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, methionine, phylloquinone, beta carotene),
  • minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, fluorine, iodine, copper, boron, aluminum, manganese, cobalt, etc.),
  • pectin,
  • protein,
  • cellulose, etc.,

It should be said that Savoy cabbage with its unique chemical composition, its low calorie content (28.2 kcal) makes this vegetable a valuable dietary product, useful for children and old people, pregnant and lactating women, for those who want to lose weight.

How to choose the savoy cabbage when buying

Buying savoy cabbage, you should follow simple rules:

  • cabbages of savoy cabbage should not be tight - they should be close at hand when pressed,
  • choose the heads of the correct round shape,
  • leaves must be flawless (damage, rot, etc.), be evenly green (depending on the variety - light or dark). White or yellow shades, brownish specks, cobweb, white bloom are unacceptable (signs of cabbage pests).

How best to store savoy cabbage

When buying several heads of savoy cabbage or in the case when after cooking a portion of the head remains, the question arises how to keep it fresh for some time. It should be borne in mind that Savoy cabbage is more delicate than white cabbage, and this has a negative effect on its storage - it loses moisture faster.

Cabbage should be put in a plastic bag or wrapped with cling film and placed in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. So it will retain its freshness for 3-4 days.

If it comes to whether the Savoy cabbage is suitable for storage, whether it should be left for the winter or not, the opinion is expressed that it is not stored for a long time. This is not quite true. Cabbage, bought in a supermarket, will be difficult to save until spring. The reason is that it all depends on its variety. You will not always be able to determine which grade it is.

Early varieties of savoy cabbage are not suitable for preservation, no matter what conditions you create for them. For long-term storage (from 4 to 6 months), middle-late and late varieties (“Uralochka”, “Ovasa F1”, “Valentine”, “Lacemaker”, etc.) are suitable, which are distinguished by darker shades of green.

By growing your own savoy cabbage, you will be able to regulate yourself what variety to plant. For proper storage of cabbage, you must:

  • Do not water it on the eve of collection, cut off in dry cool weather,
  • select whole cobs (0.5 kg) without rot and dry,
  • trim the stalk (no more than 3 cm),
  • optimal conditions for storage: in a dark room at a temperature from 0 to +3 ° С at 90% humidity (basement, cellar),
  • the way of storage (in wooden boxes, in a suspended state or “pyramid”) does not matter. The main thing is that there should be a distance of several centimeters between the heads of cabbages.

Contraindications to the use

Savoy cabbage, despite the fact that the benefits of its use are well known, can be harmful. First of all, it is about eating fresh, but sometimes you have to give up stewed or fried cabbage. You should be careful about the consumption of this product or to exclude it from the diet of people:

  • in the postoperative period (the area of ​​the abdominal cavity and the chest organs),
  • suffering from pancreatitis, gastritis, with exacerbations of peptic ulcer,
  • with abnormalities of the endocrine system (thyroid gland),
  • with urolithiasis.