19 Jan '16, 6am

Cabbage becomes gourmet food in China

QINGDAO, China - At S$8.97 (S$13) a head, vegetable climbs the food chain to favoured status A type of "cabbage de terroir" now selling for 59 yuan (S$13) a head in Qingdao, Shandong province, has quickly become a sought-after ingredient for home chefs here and abroad. As a staple in East China, nappa cabbage, or Chinese cabbage, usually equals inexpensive food, hence the expression, "as cheap as a cabbage". But the Jiaozhou nappa cabbage, with a long history of cultural significance, and grown by modern farmers with improved technology, classical music and elaborate care, is winning fans as a gourmet vegetable. Farmers in Jiaozhou, a county 50 kilometres northwest of downtown Qingdao, have grown the cabbage for hundreds of years. Many Chinese writers and artists have praised Jiaozhou cabbage in their work. Lu Xun, a Chinese writer and thinker active in the early 20th cent...

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