Was he vegan
Yup, sure was.... so much so, he even wiped his bum with the motley, discarded cabbage leaves that didn't make it into the pot.
Historically, cabbage leaves have been used for a number of applications:
* the Ancient Chinese used them as dressings on injured soldiers war wounds.
* the Indian tribes of the Amazon used them as umbrellas during the wet season.
* the early inhabitants of the Holy Land sewed them together as clothing after Adam and Eve got booted from the Garden of Eden and could no longer access fig leaves.
* the early settlers in outback Oz used to suck the leaves for moisture to save dying of thirst.
* and the early Babylonians used treated cabbage leaves as papyrus/parchment to write down war plans, etc....
It was only when a messenger delivered a message to a general in the field that cabbage became a food... the general was instructed by the Babylonian king to read the message then eat it so the enemy couldn't read the plan of attack.
The rest is history... cabbage is now a staple food, thanks to General Barkalot of Ancient Babylon finding the battle plans rather tasty.