(110 days) A strain of the old Danish variety Amager, named for the island of Amager near Copenhagen. Amager is mentioned as far back as the 15th century by Dutch colonists. Altee Burpee introduced Danish Ballhead in the United States in 1887. Danish Ballhead cabbage is reliable, bolt and split resistant.
Very well suited to cool regions. Not recommenced for those with hot weather. However, we fall plant here on the farm with day time highs in the 90s and have little problem. Our nights do dip in the 50s though.
This cabbage produces very round, blue-green heads weighing 5-7 pounds. The plant is 12-14" tall and 24-28" wide. Danish Ballhead is best transplanted in the late summer for first frost harvest. Considered one of the best cabbages for storage because of the tight heads.
1890 Burpee Seed Catalog says about Danish Ballhead Cabbage...."While in Denmark in 1886, we discovered a variety of cabbage called, from the shape of the heads, ball-head, which the Danes prize so highly that they grow it almost exclusively for winter cabbage, and annually export large quantities. It has been selected for more than fifty years by the Danish gardeners. The heads are hard, round of good marketable size, fine grained, and good keepers."
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