The Q&A Archives: What Does "Cole Crop" Mean?

Question: I am aware of some of the vegetables that are labeled "cole crops" but cannot find a definition for the term. What does the term mean and where did it come from? Also, is it limited to vegetables only?

Answer: Cole crops are vegetables in the cabbage family (also known as Brassica) such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and so on. I believe the word cole is an Anglicized version of the German word for cabbage (kohlkopf) but perhaps there is more to it than that.

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