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Title: Handbook on identification and management of pests and diseases of cabbage and other Brassicas in Uganda

Date Published: 2008
Author/s: Jeninah Karungi, Barbara Ekbom, S. Kyamanywa, Elly Sabiiti
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Affiliation: Makerere University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,


Cabbage (Brassica oleracea, capitata group) is a member of the
crucifer crop group, which also includes cauliflower, broccoli,
collards, kale and Brussels sprouts. All crucifers belong to the
mustard family (Brassicaceae). Cabbage is one of the world’s
leading vegetables in terms of total production. In Uganda,
cabbage is grown in all districts and is steadily becoming an
economic enterprise, being particularly favoured for its high
yield potentials, high market demand and reliable ease of
storage and transport. The economic benefits aside, cabbage
is a good source of many minerals particularly calcium and
potassium, and is also relatively high in vitamins A and C.
Cabbage, like other brassicas contains mustard oils, compounds
that inhibit the growth of cancer. These substances boost the
body’s production of the enzymes that disable potential
carcinogens and then remove them from the system. In
addition cabbage also contains a number of antioxidants that
protect the body from cancer and heart disease.