"Yuck! You have found an overcooked cabbage-flavoured bean."
—A Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean[src]
Cabbage was a leafy green or purple biennial plant that was grown as a vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads.[1]


Chinese Chomping Cabbage was a type of magical cabbage that presumably originated in China and was used in potions.[2]

Gertie Keddle, a witch who lived on the edge of Queerditch Marsh near Manchester in the 11th century, kept a cabbage patch.[3][4] When a big, leather ball from a broom game being played on the marsh landed in her cabbages, she hexed the man who came to retrieve it.[3]

The house of Arabella Figg was described as smelling of cabbage throughout in 1991.[5] An apothecary in Diagon Alley was described as smelling of a "mixture of bad eggs and cabbage" that same year.[6]

In 1992, Flesh-Eating Slugs were ruining the cabbages in Hagrid's garden, leading him to seek a Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent in Knockturn Alley.[7] Later that year, when Harry Potter drank his Polyjuice Potion to take on the appearance of Gregory Goyle, it tasted to him like "overcooked cabbage."[8]

There is a Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean with the flavour of overcooked cabbage.


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