Cabbage is commercially propagated seedlings throughout South Africa, with the highest concentration in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. This highly adaptable vegetable can be grown in many soil types and various climates. The plant has a single, short stem that forms a head of leaves. This head is harvested for use in stews, salads, and more. The outer leaves are green, with the inner leaves being whitish. The leaves increase in number as the plant matures; cabbage seedlings only have a few leaves.
The scientific name for the tomato is Lycopersicon esculentum Mill and originated in South America. First commercially cultivated in Central America, the plant was later introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers who also took it to Morocco. It is one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world today and in South Africa, it is, apart from potatoes, one of the most prominent vegetable commodities. Tomato propagation makes up almost a quarter of vegetable crop production in the country.
Cauliflower is a vegetable of the Brassicaceae family and an annual crop. The head, which is the white curd part of the plant, is harvested. The plant comes from the wild cabbage, which was found originally only in Asia Minor. It is a member of the same family of vegetables as cabbage, broccoli, and mustard. Farmers grow cauliflower only from seedlings as available from nurseries supplying in bulk for commercial farming purposes.