How To Make Swamp Cabbage Stew At Home

The recipe that I am going to share today is for the Swamp cabbage stew. Swamp cabbage is Florida’s state tree. It is also known as the Hearts of Palm, as it is extracted from the center of the Cabbage PalmTree (Sabal Palm). The cabbage’s outer part is bitter to taste and hence needs to be shed off with an ax or a sharp knife.

This amazing recipe is one of its kind and is considered the staple for most holiday meals and special occasions like Thanksgiving. It is also low in cholesterol. It is a good source of protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamins, calcium, iron, riboflavin, and other essential micronutrients.

To make Swamp cabbage stew, fry bacon in a pan and set it aside. Then, cook onions and cabbage in the leftover bacon fat. Add in the tomato juice, canned tomatoes, jalapeño, sugar, garlic powder, and thyme. Lastly, add the cooked bacon, salt, and pepper to it. Lower the heat and cook it for 25 minutes. Your Swamp cabbage stew is ready!

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Ingredients for Swamp Cabbage

Bacon (roughly chopped)3 slices
freshly cut Swamp Cabbage (chopped)2 heads
Sugar½ cup
Salt1 tablespoon
Freshly ground Black Pepper½  tablespoon
Onions (chopped)2
Garlic Powder1 tablespoon
Thyme2 springs
Tomato Juice1 cup
Tomatoes1 can
Jalapeño Pepper1

How much time will it take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 Minutes30 Minutes35 Minutes

Swamp Cabbage Stew Recipe

Swamp Cabbage Stew recipe
  1. Firstly, fry the bacon over medium heat in a saucepan. Set aside on paper towels.
  2. In a large stockpot, cook onions along with swamp cabbage in the leftover bacon fat.
  3. Add in the tomato juice, canned tomatoes, jalapeño, sugar, garlic powder, and thyme.
  4. Put in the fried bacon to the mixture and fill half the pot with water and bring to boil.
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Simmer the whole mixture for about 20-25 minutes until the cabbage is soft.
  7. Serve it over rice with bacon crumbled on top.

Nutrition Breakdown of Swamp Cabbage

Sodium 63.6 mg
Potassium 174.7 mg
Carbohydrates 1.8 g
Net carbs 0.6 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Protein1.5 g
Vitamin A1.2 g
Vitamin B60.1 mg
Vitamin C 30.8 mg
Calcium43.1 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Magnesium 39.8 mg
Phosphorous 21.8 mg
Zinc0.1 mg
Manganese0.1 mg
Riboflavin0.1 mg
Niacin0.5 mg
Water51.8 g

Note- The breakdown is for a serving size of 1 cup (Chopped-56 g, Raw).

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