E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
It is said that no sort of food causes so much thirst as cabbage, especially that called colewort. Pausanias tells us it first sprang from the sweat of Jupiter, some drops of which fell on the earth. Clius, Rhodiginus, Ovid, Suidas, and others repeat the same fable.
Some drops of sweat happening to light on the earth produced what mortals call cabbage.Rabelais: Pantagruel, book iv. (Prologue).