Salt-like barnacle-ish grainy bits on cabbage leaves?
I came across these things clinging to several inner (not outer) leaves of a head of green cabbage. They look like large grains of salt -- rather than, say, grains of dirt -- but do not easily rinse off. I need to pick at them with my nails to get them off. It's as the cabbage grew tiny barnacles, or boils. Yikes. Could someone identify this stuff, its cause, and its safety?
Thank you! This sounds like the right diagnosis. I've now looked up many images of scale -- a whole world of blistery, clingy matter -- and you're totally right that the 'blechh' factor may outpace my love of cabbage this time....
For any others interested: the only scale pest specific to cabbage I could readily find online was the 'cabbage whitefly': http://eap.mcgill.ca/CPCM_7.htm