Many different types of undomesticated cabbage originated in Asia and were brought by the Celts into Europe around 600 B.C. Cabbage was domesticated by European farmers before 1000 B.C. Cabbage was brought from France to America in 1536 by navigator Jacques Cartier.
Early types of undomesticated cabbage were more loose and leafy than modern compact heads of cabbage. Cabbage was highly valued in early European countries due to its hardiness against colder temperatures and because it has a very high crop yield. It typically produces more food per acre than all other plant types. Cabbages grow to maturity in three months.