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The French are fond of cabbage. Mon petit chou... ‘my little cabbage’ is a term of affection. It was a favourite of Louis XIV, and was popular across all classes in France because it was cheap and easy to grow. It was also said to prevent scurvy.

Not to be confused with pâte à la choux. But cabbage names are confusing...

Kinds of cabbage

Chou Romanesco au marché

Chou blanc: white cabbage. Usually the variety chosen to make cole slaw (salade de chou) and classic French stuffed cabbage, chou farci, stuffed with finely ground pork mixed with eggs and spices.

Chou cavalier: collard greens .

Chou chinois: Chinese cabbage (not to be confused with pak choï). Most supermarkets carry it now.

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