Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Cabbage. The popular name of various species of cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica, and especially applied to the plain-leaved, heading, garden varieties of Brassica oleracea, cultivated for food. The wild cabbage is a native of the coasts of Britain, but is also common on other European shores. The kinds most cultivated are the common smooth-leaved cabbage, of which there are green and red varieties and the wrinkled-leaved or Savoy. The common cabbage forms its leaves into heads or bolls, the inner leaves being blanched. The tree or cow cabbage is grown for cattle, branching and growing when in flower to the height of ten feet. The garden sorts form valuable culinary vegetables, and are used at table in various ways.