I was amazed to see savoy cabbages at the supermarket the other day. In Belgium this type of curly cabbage is very common, but I’d never seen it before in Russia. In fact, the vegetable is so rare and unknown here that they put up an information sign explaining what it is and why it is good for you. Funny, isn’t it? 🙂 Also strange that they had them on offer now, because in Belgium they’re typically known as a winter vegetable and although summer is slowly but surely coming to an end here, it’s definitely not wintertime yet.
In general, the variety of vegetables (and fruits, too) in supermarkets here is extremely limited compared to what we’re used to in Belgium. Most vegetables that are sold are both local and seasonal, which is great for the environment, but not for a vegetarian’s nutritional needs, especially in winter! 🙂 I know, potatoes, onions, cabbage and beetroots have their merits too, but they get quite boring after a while … And anything else than that is usually not only of poor quality but also outrageously expensive. So we have to get creative: buy large quantities and freeze them, or use canned vegetables, or – a very Russian thing – go for pickled veggies! 🙂
Of course I bought a savoy cabbage right away and I’ll try it tonight using a recipe by Belgian chef Jeroen Meus with pasta, white beans and parmesan. Приятного аппетита!