I have reached a new low.
I am devoting a whole post to a cabbage.
This is not just any cabbage.
This cabbage is a reason for great excitement.
Firstly it's HUGE!
Seriously bigger than my head (and ask my brother or sister- I have a big head)
This is no lightweight airy, loosely woven, hole-y cabbage.
This is a cabbage that has presence.
I AM CABBAGE.
So what? 150 yen at the supermarket you can have one anytime you want. What's the big deal??
The big deal is that caterpillars love cabbage.
No really, LOVE them.
Stalker style, all consuming (haha) infatuated, unhealthy style love.
There's even a cabbage moth caterpillar.
There's not one cabbage moth caterpillar.
There's never just one.
There's tens, dozens, hundreds, gazillions of them!!
Every morning I go out and de-caterpillar the brassicas (aren't I fancy with my latin name for the cabbage family?) and feed the little blighters to the chooks.
And every year I overlook a couple of caterpillars.
One hid under a leaf here, one ninja-ed itself over there, One dropped to the ground and hid till I passed over there and BAM!
Hole-y cabbage batman!
I'm guessing caterpillars are not claustrophobic as they have absolutely no problem living in the centre of a cabbage with the leaves fully closed over their munching hungry little heads and living on in gluttonous heaven until harvest time.
But this year!
Berr Berr ba Berr! (that was a trumpet herald in case you missed it)
Its shiny greenness, its un-holey countenance, that saucy little leaf curl on top.
And cutting into THE CABBAGE:
Look how compact it is. How beautifully dense the foliage is.
Behold. Admire. Respect.
It was almost a pity to eat it!
Sometimes I wonder at this gardening lark. How invested I was and how proud I am of a single vegetable that you could buy just about anywhere for pocket change without thinking about it at all and certainly without getting this excited about something so boring!