Pickled Cabbage Rose

Mzhave Kombosto

Preparation info
  • Serves

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty


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By Darra Goldstein

Published 1999

  • About

Cabbage is one of the easiest vegetables to pickle at home. A whole head is often soured in vinegar with beets, which tint the pale leaves a deep pink. By turning back each leaf individually before immersing the cabbage in brine, you can form a spectacular “rose” to grace the table on special occasions.


  • 1 small head white cabbage, about pounds
  • 3 medium raw beets, peeled and diced


Four days before serving, remove the outer leaves from the cabbage and make an X at the base of the core. Place the cabbage in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer until just tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle.

Place the cabbage on a flat surface. Working carefully with one leaf at a time, bend back each