I couldn’t stand waiting any more, cos I never grew cabbage before and I wanted to taste one. I left the outer leaves lay out in the yard for that silly little rabbit we have out there. https://sarasinart.net/2013/05/26/baby-rabbits-not-for-stew/
He should feel privileged that he got those leaves and not the compost pile. It’s his reward for not finding a way inside my rabbit fence!
These cabbages are heirlooms, not hybrids, and by the looks and taste of the thing, I supposed I’ve never had heirloom cabbage before. It’s tight inside and so sweet and just real good. And I grew it myself! I always thought there was some big mystery to growing cabbage, but not so. Just keep that rabbit away, lol.