Purple Choi Sum Cabbage
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Purple choi sum has distinctive purple stems that continue into its central vein that runs down the middle of green, rounded leaves. Like other choi sum varieties, Purple choi sum also has yellow flowering shoots. Their appearance resembles broccoli rabe, with a thinner pencil thick stem. Purple choi sum has a mildly cruciferous flavor similar to young broccoli and spinach with its flowers delivering a more pungent, mustard-like flavor. The plant grows to about 12 inches in height and about 14 inches wide.
Choi Sum is available year-round.
Choi Sum also known as Choy Sum, is botanically named Brassica rapa var. parachinensis, literally means "vegetable heart." Other given names based on language are Tsoi sum and Cai xin (Chinese), Cai ngot (Vietnamese), Pakauyai (Thai), Saishin (Japanese) and False Pak Choi. Choi Sum is one of the most delicate member of the Chinensis family. Chinensis varieties do not form heads; rather they grow leafy blades much like celery and mustard.