Holiday cabbages

Couves de Natal

Codfish is the star of the Portuguese Christmas-eve supper, but a cabbage called “penca” plays an essential supporting role. It is a hardy variety, capable of surviving the frost that usually covers the fields in December.

Penca is often planted next to “couve galega” a cabbage similar to kale used to make the traditional “caldo verde” (green soup) served at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

We love to see the fields of Portugal planted with these cabbages, dressed for the holidays in stunning green hues.


7 thoughts on “Holiday cabbages

  1. Thanks so much for your restaurant recommendations. We loved ultima porto in Lisbon and just now been to Porto and ate at St valentim in matosinhos. Fabulous; We had a seafood restaurant in Ireland for 15 years and now live in France, always looking for fish to eat.
    Thanks again.

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