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Old 06-16-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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Mystery Vegetable

Several weeks ago I picked up some vegetables at the nursery and planted them. One was labeled "Gai Lan (aka Chinese Broccoli)." As it started to grow, I began noticing that it looks nothing like the vegetable in the photo on the tag. It was in with all the other Chinese vegetables, so I assume it's something native to that part of the world. I've done a bit of Googling and haven't yet found anything like it. My guess is that it's a member of the cabbage family.

Can anyone identify this?


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Old 06-16-2017, 08:47 AM   #2
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Sent the pic to Dad, he might know.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:10 AM   #3
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It looks like a variety of kale to me.
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It looks like a variety of kale to me.
I thought the same thing, and if I end up not finding an answer, that's probably how I'll treat it in the kitchen.
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Soften the leaves up and make pork rolls...like stuffed cabbage. Still waiting on Dad. He buys lots of the odd veg at H-Mart.
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We have a veg in our grocery stores that looks like it. It was called Kailaan. Think it may be the same
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:57 AM   #7
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It looks like a cross between collards and kale to me. Neither Craig or I remember seeing any greens that look like that in the oriental markets, even the very large 1 we go to.
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We have a veg in our grocery stores that looks like it. It was called Kailaan. Think it may be the same
Gai Lan or Kailaan is what's on the label. But the photo below is what that looks like. Note that it doesn't have the same curly leaves as the one in my garden.

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Gai Lan or Kailaan is what's on the label. But the photo below is what that looks like. Note that it doesn't have the same curly leaves as the one in my garden.

I meant we have one green leafy veg in SA that looks like your picture. Tastes very Kale like.
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:28 AM   #10
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It looks like a variety of kale to me.
That's the first thing that I thought, too.

It looks like kale. Does it taste like it?
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:35 PM   #11
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I also vote for kale.
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:47 PM   #12
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Whatever it is, it looks like a real happy, healthy plant.
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Old 06-16-2017, 01:00 PM   #13
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I would take the picture to the place you bought it and explain your predicament. You just might get a free Gai Lan plant out of the trip.
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The more I research, the more I'm convinced it's probably some kale variety. When I planted it, I wasn't expecting it to grow as large as it has, and now it's kind of overtaken the planter. I'll prune it out some today. I just didn't want to do that if I was waiting for a broccoli-type flower head to develop.

Oh well... I like kale, so it's all good!
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:41 PM   #16
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Now you know, Kale is taking over the world.
The 5 Stages of Realizing that Kale is Taking Over the World - CheckdOut
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:37 PM   #17
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It is a type of Kale ..
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I vote Kale as well.
At first I thought maybe Mustard Greens,
but the leaves look leathery-sh, yeah Steve?
Did you taste it Steve? I have a habit of
tasting things in the raw even in the nursery.

DH was not a fan Kale at first, but after numerous
experiments, I've got him convinced, but just not too
often.
I braise the heck out of it, well, not to mush anyways,
along with some sort of protein.
Recent Kale dishes at our table have included
Chicken Italian Sausage or diced Chicken Thigh meat,
along with oodles of sauteed garlic, EVOO and chicken stock
for the braising liquid,oh and a glug of white wine and I always add a good grating of fresh nutmeg.
I serve this over whole wheat penne pasta and grated cheese on top
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Dad says it's a Kale.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:59 AM   #20
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It looks like some relative of cabbage.
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