Brassica rapa subsp. parachinesis
A later maturing choy sum that prefers cooler weather. Choy sum is a Chinese cabbage that forms thick, edible stalks with flavorful yellow flowers at its tips. The stalks (with flowers) are harvested and consumed like broccoli or asparagus. Choy sum means the tender heart and this specialty chinese cabbage offers multiple shoots of tender stalks that taste delicious in soups and stir fries. A thick direct seeding can create multiple mini shoots. Harvest the long stem when about 20% of the flowers have opened for the most tender stalks and good flavor. High in anti-oxidants, fiber, folates, and Vitamins A, B, and C. Great stir fried and in soups and a wonderful addition to every sustainable Hawai'i home garden. Flowers are edible and bring beauty and color to your plate.
Seeds grown in Molokai.
Sun: Full to partial sun
Days to Maturity: 35-45 days
The picture shows choy sum in a seeding stage and should be eaten earlier when stalks are just shooting up and beginning to flower.