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105 – Holsteiner Platter

$3.00$6.25

Certified Biodynamic

Vigorous variety, with large, flat-round heads and strong outer leaves. Good for making sauerkraut.

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Product Description

DAYS TO HARVEST
90

SOWING
For early planting, start seeds indoors with soil temperatures ~60 degrees (minimum 55 degrees). Plant ~1/4″ in soil and keep evenly moist. Make sure seedlings have enough light otherwise they may become leggy and not develop properly upon transplanting. Harden off transplants around 4  or 5 weeks by bringing trays outdoors a few days to a week before transplanting. The plants should have 3 or 4 true leaves at this point.
In cooler climates, seeds can be direct sown after the soil warms to about 55-60 degrees. If there is still a danger of frost, make sure seedlings are covered. Add 2-3 weeks to harvest date.

LIGHT PREFERENCE
Partial to full sun

SOIL REQUIREMENTS
Prefers clay-loam soils with a pH close to neutral. May require calcium and/or boron.

PLANT HEIGHT
14-18″

PLANT SPACING
~16″ in between plants

HARDINESS
Cole crops and their waxy leaves are particularly well suited to colder growing regions especially if adapted to the area. Cabbage usually withstands a couple frosts. Even if cabbage is hit by a hard frost, you can still harvest and remove the outer damaged leaves to reveal the untouched inner leaves and heart of the cabbage.

HARVEST
Harvest when the head has completely formed. To check if head is ready, squeeze the head. If it is firm like a softball, it is ready for harvest. Cabbage can remain unharvested but watch for splitting down the center which indicates that the cabbage is trying to flower.

USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS

The Holsteiner Platter is an exceptional cabbage to make sauerkraut with. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. Fermentation is a traditional method to preserve foods using lacto-fermentation and sauerkraut can last up to a year especially if refrigerated. Fermentation guru Sandor Katz makes preparing your own sauerkraut quite easy and has most of his recipes available on his website. And have fun with your sauerkraut! Keep it traditional with a plain cabbage sauerkraut, or add garlic gloves, kale, apples, caraway seeds, and more into your recipes!

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Size

S ~ 25 seeds, L ~ 100 seeds

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