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For Russians in centuries past, the transition from summer into fall was a time for bringing in the cabbage harvest. Depending on where a village was, the cutting of the cabbage would begin on the holiday of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross (September 14) or on the day in memory of St. Sergius of Radonezh (September 25).
It was said: “On Exhaltation Day, cabbage is the first among ladies.” (На Воздвиженье первая барыня – капуста.) And cabbage (first mentioned in the Chronicle of 1073) truly was the village matriarch. Often there was so much to process and preserve that there was a rush to get it done before the first frost, which was normally associated with Pokrov (October 1).*
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