Portugal or Sturdy Cabbage was introduced to the UK by James Warre Esq in 1821 but is thought to date back to the early 18th century. Our donor was passed seeds of this cabbage by a Portuguese allotment neighbour. It is a tall, dark-leaved, non-hearting type, reliable and completely hardy but, according to them, “Will never win any prizes for beauty”. It does, however, appear to be resistant to clubroot, and can be sown in early spring and the leaves picked as and when you need them.
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