Similar to broccoli but with sweeter more succulent flavor. Nutritious and delicious!
Chinese kale, also called Chinese broccoli or Gai Lan can be substituted for regular broccoli in many recipes—its unique, bolder flavor will win you over! Chinese kale is easy to grow and will tolerate heat better than many kale and broccoli varieties; expect lots of side shoots after the first harvest. High in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Very popular for stir-fry dishes; it can also be steamed or boiled. For a gourmet treat, lightly sauté the thinned seedlings!
Variety InfoThick, wide, wrinkled blue-green leaves. Small white flowers open from blue-green buds; usually eaten before flowers open. Looks like regular broccoli that didn't make it to maturity. If allowed to flower completely, it is a very attractive plant.
Not recommended; transplants tend to bolt (prematurely flower).
RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Also, in late summer or winter for cool-season harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in fall or winter for a cool-season harvest. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–85°F.