In Season: Available fresh year round the cabbage plant resembles a large green or purplish flower atop a sturdy stalk. As the leading cabbage producer in the United States, Wisconsin is home to many of these plants. In the 1920s, average Americans consumed a whopping 27 pounds of cabbage per year, compared to nine pounds per person today. A favorite use for cabbage is sauerkraut; in fact, most processed cabbage goes toward that end. Sauerkraut is so popular that even during World War I, Americans refused to give up the dish, but instead patriotically referred to it as "Liberty Cabbage."