Gai Lan

(Chinese Broccoli)

Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra


BASICS & HOW-TO

CULINARY INFO

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BASICS & HOW-TO

BEST BET: ASIAN GROCERY STORES, GREEN GROCERS, CONVENTIONAL GROCERY STORES.

As one of the better known Chinese green vegetables, gai lan is generally fairly easy to find at Asian grocery stores and well-stocked produce departments. Chinese grocery stores will generally carry standard gai lan, and may carry smaller varieties as well.

Gai lan is fairly easy to grow in a wide range of climate regions. Numerous seed companies offer multiple varieties for the home gardener.



CULINARY INFO

Gai lan tastes quite a bit like broccoli, though the flavour tends to be more pronounced and somewhat more bitter (though bitterness will vary a little). While the flavour is fairly strong, it is neutral enough to work with a variety of ingredients. The flavour when raw is likewise similar to (raw) broccoli, though the bitterness tends to be quite pronounced.


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Gai Lan is extremely high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and low in calories.



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