Cabbage was an enormously popular vegetable in the early modern period and was cultivated in many kitchen gardens. It was usually stewed with meats, becoming a staple all across Britain. The uses of Cabbage were not limited to food, however. Cabbage was eaten to cure those with eye problems, and some even believed that if raw Cabbage was eaten before meat it would stop drunkenness! There was less differentiation between different types of Cabbage during this period, meaning White Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Kale and Brussels Sprouts were used interchangeably, believed to possess many of the same qualities.
Please note this information is research based on historic documents….and is not modern advice for health and wellness!