Determining Gender with the Red Cabbage Test

Out of all the gender prediction methods people have shared with me, the Red Cabbage Gender Test was (and is) the ODDEST of them all.  I mean, c’mon . . .  adding a pregnant woman’s bodily fluids to boiled cabbage water?  Um . . . gross.

But, I did it.

I first heard of this test early on during this pregnancy, thanks to other pregnant women in my online “Due Date Club” group.  One of the women, pregnant with her sixth child SWORE by this prediction method.

Hey, she ought’a know, right?

As soon as I started mentioning it to other friends, several of them came out and cheerfully confirmed the validity of this test.  With each soon-to-be-mom and “been there, done that” mom that said it was legitimate, I became convinced that cabbage is more than just a pretty source of roughage. . . and that this test was the way to go.

Yup -- this was the actual cabbage sacrificed for this test.

This prediction method is both cheap and easy . .. I think my cabbage was under 2 dollars; heck of a lot cheaper than the $29 I spent on the Gender Maker Prediction test last month.

How To Do The Red Cabbage Gender Test

  • Step 1:  Go to the store and buy a head of red cabbage.
  • Step 2:  Go to the bathroom and urinate into a cup; I’d recommend a disposable cup, but that’s just me.
  • Step 3:  Chop half of the cabbage. (see above picture)
  • Step 4:  Put the cabbage in a large saucepan and cover with cold water.
  • Step 5:  Place the pan over high heat till it reaches a rolling boil.
  • Step 6:  Remove the pan from the heat source and let the contents cool for 10 minutes.
  • Step 7:  In a SEPARATE (disposable) cup, mix one part cabbage water with one part urine.  I was NOT willing to use one of my measuring cups to get an accurately measured amount of urine, so I used the graphics on my disposable cups as “markers” to get equal amounts of both liquids.
  • Step 8: Scrutinize the urine/cabbage water.  The color is what determines the gender of your baby.  If the liquid is pink to red, you’re having a boy.  If the color is purple, it’s a girl.

Sounds easy enough, right?  Yeah, unless you get a color that’s more “magenta” — a color that has a mix of red AND purple to the naked eye.

Kind of pretty for having a gross ingredient, isn't it?

I was in panic mode. . . I mean, the answer would determine my baby’s gender!  It all depended on whether this was a red concoction or purple concoction.  (sigh — the drama of that morning)

Quick to seek the opinions of others, I posted the picture on Facebook, hoping others would settle the issue.

Out of 29 comments, the results were varied.  Some said pink.  Some red.  Cranberry, Magenta, Purple and “Shocking Pink” were some of the opinions offered.

There wasn’t a clear answer, even among Facebook friends. (sigh)

Then one friend had a BRILLIANT suggestion. . .  pull the color in a graphics program and see what it “really” is.

No matter where I pulled the color, the liquid always came up in the red zone.

It’s official . . . since taking the Gender Maker test, which came up with “girl” results, this baby grew something and turned into a man-child.

Isn’t it nice that these tests are managing to keep the gender a secret like this?  I mean, would it be too much for them all to give the same answer?

I think not.


***10/09/11 UPDATE***

Well … it’s October and I have a seven week old ….

a baby ….


This test was the ONLY gender prediction test that ended up correct!

Woo hoo for cabbage.


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  2. Najassta says

    I was told you have to do the test before ten weeks…and also that you have to use
    your first urine of the day..

  3. says

    Found you on pinterest! I want to try this as I am expecting baby #3 but I am only 7 weeks. How far along do you have to be? I have 2 boys already so hoping GIRL but I will be happy with a healthy baby no matter the gender. I have had a couple friends do this and they said it turned out correct so I am kind of anxious! I would rather secretly know the gender before my Gender Reveal photo shoot LOL! Thank you!

  4. says

    hi im not sure as im waiting for my pregnancy tests still to come im 5 days late i did this test with mine then my boy friends urine for a laugh it was purple and his didnt change. i just wondered if your not pregnant what colour it would go as i really eager to know if i am or am not preganant thank you

  5. Sami says

    The cabbage juice you make is just a pH indicator! We did it for a homeschool science project for my sister – so it would just be the difference in the pH of your urine – not sure that is actually linked to gender of the baby, but it totally could be! Anyway, thought I’d weigh in on the science of it all!

  6. Sandi says

    I have been seeing this on youtube, and now here, seems like its the best as far as being right. i am going to the store now to get some cabbage. my ultrasound is on july 10th to find out the gender, but why not see if this is right first, before finding out??? wish me luck

  7. gn'Arly says

    I just tried this and mine came out a teal/blue o.O
    How far along were you when you tried it ?

  8. Julianne says

    Well that makes sense to me. We used red cabbage in Chemistry as an indicator. Now, I can’t remember what exactly we were indicating (something about each solutions pH), but this seems pretty legitimate to me. Science is fun, especially when it has to do with babies!

  9. Elize (from the netherlands) says

    I read on your other blog that this test was right!!

    Very curious if mine is to.

    Grtz Elize

  10. rauel says

    hey i just did the lest 3 days ago and did it again today i would like to post a pic to see what ya think of the color

    thanks :-)

  11. says

    How fun! I had a REALLY hard time figuring out what color range it would fall into, so I’m glad you were able to get some official answers. 😀

  12. says

    I was thinking boy before you even posted the results, just based off your love of spicy thing in your quinoa recipe!

  13. says

    “It’s official . . . since taking the Gender Maker test, which came up with “girl” results, this baby grew something and turned into a man-child.”

    Hahaha! That made me laugh SO hard! :) Congratulations!

  14. LeslieW says

    Ah, but it keeps you busy for a while! LOL! I remember doing my cabbage test and when would take a pic of it, it was without-a-doubt blue/violet, yet when I looked at it, it looked magenta. *sigh*…you just can’t win with those things.

    • says

      Okay this is me replying to my own comment. I totally forgot I commented on here but found the post on stumbleupon and saw I commented. It’s especially funny that I said I’m not sure if I’d be willing to do that because I totally did it last night!