The term cabbage worms is primarily used for any of four kinds of lepidopteran whose larvae feed on cabbages and other cole crops. Host plants include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, radishes, turnips, rutabagas and kohlrabi. This worm can cause neurocysticercosis in brain, which can lead to seizures and other manifestations later. Other major neurological problems like hydrocephalus, paraplegy, meningitis, convulsions and even death can occur.
Cabbage Worms – Proper Cleaning is the Key
Even though the inside of cabbage is usually clean since the outer leaves protect it, you still may want to clean it. If you notice any signs of worms or insects, which sometimes appears in cabbage, soak the head in salt water or vinegar water for 15-20 minutes first. To preserve its vitamin C content, cut and wash the cabbage right before cooking or eating it.
How to cut and clean cabbage
Step 1: The outer layers of the cabbage are exposed to dirt and infection as well as heat and other conditions. As a result of which, the outer layers may not look or feel that fresh. Further, they may also contain dirt and other elements such as insecticides and pesticides. Therefore, it is advisable that you peel off a first few layers of the cabbage.
Step 2: The cabbage is made up of think leaves covering an inner stem. In case you do not want to use the stem, like majority of the people; cut the cabbage lengthwise to ensure that you expose the stem. You may cut it into 4 pieces (wedge shaped) to make sure that the stem in completely exposed.
Step 3: The exposed stem can be removed with the help of a knife.
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TIP: Although majority of the people do not prefer to eat the cabbage stem, it is highly fibrous in nature and can be a good source of roughage. Also, in alternative medicine it is considered that drinking juice of the cabbage stem is a good for ulcers. Benefits of Cabbage