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.
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.
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》
- 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