芥蘭 kai-lan / chinese kale (brassica oleracea var. alboglabra)

芥蘭並非人人愛,我是在支持的一方。愛她的質感韌度,也愛她帶灰的沉綠。

食用方面,我經常予以支持。但少從觀賞其植物本身的美態出發。

kai-lan is one of my favorite vegetable. its texture is like broccoli, another of my favorite, but with a little added bitterness in the taste. the former owns more beauty in the look as a vegetable. haha sorry i am discriminating over round shape veggie it sounds like; but kai lan is slender and looking elegant indeed. plus, it is more sturdy than many other greens like lettuce, choi sum, bean sprout etc.

近日兵頭花園的水池廣場花圃種植了一方芥蘭,花開得燦爛,雖然是溫柔的黃和白,但奪目。

these days the botanic garden is growing a patch of kai lan at the fountain square and they are blossoming in full. It is great to have a full glimpse of kai-lan as a true plant because even if you visit a farm that grows kai-lan, they may not look like this because as a veggie the farmer won’t allow it flowers too much.

kai-lan is native to southern china.

kai-lan flowers

芥蘭 kai-lan / chinese kale (brassica oleracea var. alboglabra) – 十字花目 brassicales order | 十字花科 brassicaceae family | 芸苔屬 brassica genus | 種 species: 甘藍 b. oleracea 《維基》

kai-lan

ref.:

  • commonly known as chinese broccoli, chinese kale, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.
  • growth – the plants reach heights of 60 to 150 centimetres.
  • leaves – are simple. they are ovate and petiolate.
  • flowers and fruits – produces racemes of yellow cruciform flowers and siliques (長角果)  hortipedia
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