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Savoy cabbage

With its emerald-green and crinkly leaves savoy is one classy cabbage, perfect for stuffing, stir-frying and slow cooking, says Clarissa Hyman

For years, I thought savoy cabbage was a speciality of the great London hotel of that name, a recipe along the lines of Omelette Arnold Bennett that transformed it into a cabbage fit for kings. Even today, frilly savoy cabbage remains, in my eyes at least, the classiest brassica on the block, a glamorous, swanky sibling to pale, pointy summer or hard white winter cabbages. Less aggressive than kale and more versatile than red, a good savoy, bursting with squeaky clean health and goodness, is a far cry from the flabby cabbage-swamp clichés of school dinners that linger long in collective memory, much like the pungent, over-boiled aroma itself. The evolution of the great family of brassica cultivars, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, originated in spindly, ‘headless’ plants – rather like kale – that can still be found growing wild on high sea cliffs

  • Parsnips

    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

  • Go Green

    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

  • Oranges

    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Spring herbs

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

  • Rocket

    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

  • Gooseberries

    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Raspberries

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

  • Apricots

    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Peppers

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Sweet potatoes

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Carrots

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Brussels sprouts

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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