Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
This early-maturing variety is delicious eaten fresh. The conical, solid, tightly held heads grow up to 15" long by 7" wide and weigh 3-4 pounds each. An historic variety, this cabbage was first grown in the United States by Francis Brill of Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1840.
- 60-75 days from transplant
- Solid, tightly folded heads
- Heads weigh 3-4 pounds
- Up to 15" long by 7" wide
- Short season
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Cabbage is delicious eaten raw and can be grated and tossed into a traditional coleslaw which can serve as a side dish or topping for burgers, barbeque and even grilled sausages.
Sauerkraut and kimchi are popular ways of preserving cabbage over the winter. Make several small batches with different vegetables and seasonings to pair with your meals throughout the year.
Instructions - Cabbage is easy to grow. Sow seed indoors ¼" deep 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Plant out just before the last frost. Take care not to disrupt the shallow root system while transplanting and weeding. Make sure cabbage has a regular supply of water. Mulching will reduce weeds and keep moderate temperatures and even moisture in the soil. Cabbage is a heavy feeder and needs an even supply of nutrients.
- Start Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-12 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Great flavor and more compact then most cabbage
This is my go-to cabbage ever year. It grows very well in southern Indiana with limited issues with bugs. the flavor is very mild making it a great addition to things like rollless cabbage rolls. the plants don't get massive which helps for small space gardens. I've grown this in a square foot garden more than once and had success.
The best around!!
by Gary in South Jersey
Well, this one has made it back home in New Jersey!!
This has been in our garden for several years now & we love it. Growing up, i really didn't like cabbage too much... But this one? A home-run!! Love it & in fact, we have made homemade sauerkraut from it! WOW, great kraut!! Recommend to anyone and is easy to grow!
This is from a consumer, not a grower: just had a fantastic salad of shredded EJW -- much easier to cut than the cannonball varieties, and no "cabbagy" flavor. Why don't I see this at stores and farmers markets?
Good go-to variety
I had never grown cabbage before and tried this variety as my starter experience. Boy was it a great choice. I used bt spray throughout the season to combat worms, and the cabbage turned out great. Nice size and great flavor.