Brassica oleracea (90-104 days) Introduced here in the US around the 1860s. Late Flat Dutch is big cabbage, it is a good keeper and the standard late season variety. Heads form up to 12 inches and weigh as on an average around 12 pounds, but can get as big as the 38lb monster you see in the pictures. This cabbage filled up a contractor size wheelbarrow and it wasn't the only one in the field that size! Highly recommended for the coastal foggy areas of the Pacific Northwest. The monster in the picture was grown 14 miles from the coast. Not well adapted to the South and heat. If you have cool nights this is the cabbage for you!
Late Flat Dutch has an excellent flavor. Keeps very well for processing. We make tons of sauerkraut out of it. Heck one head can easily fill 28 jars!
Late Flat Dutch is mentioned in Wickson's 1913 book California Vegetables as a great variety for the state. This what he says in general about cabbage growing in California "The cabbage can be grown everywhere in California by selecting that season of the year which furnishes the adequate moisture and moderate temperature which best suits its nature. These requirements adapt it well to winter growth generally in California except in the frostiest places, and give the plant a longer season and a greater attainment in weight in regions of rich soils open to coast influences. It does not resent fogs and cold winds, and thrives directly upon the coast as well as in coast valleys". Learn how to store your cabbage harvest in a trench in the ground or hung upside down by the roots in this great little book for only $3.95
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!