"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.


Notes and references

  1. "Cabbage" on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 3 (The Game from Queerditch Marsh)
  4. J. K. Rowling on Twitter: "Untrue, I'm afraid! Quidditch was invented in Manchester."
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)