Brassica rapa chinensis
Herb: Pak Choi
Latin name: Brassica rapa chinensis
Synonyms: Brassica chinensis, Brassica napus chinensis, Brassica oleracea chinensis, Brassica rapa rosularis
Medicinal use of Pak Choi:The leaf is antiarthritic, antiscorbutic and resolvent.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Not known in the wild.
Edible parts of Pak Choi:Leaves - raw or cooked. They can be eaten at any stage from seedling to mature plant. Well-flavoured, they are sweet with a hint of mustard.The leaves are also dried for winter use. The leaves have pronounced stems and these can also be eaten, they tend to have a mild, almost bland flavour. A nutritional analysis is available. Immature flowering stems - cooked like broccoli. A sweet flavour. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow in situ May to August. Spring sown crops are prone to run quickly to seed if there is a spell of cold weather. Some varieties can also be sown in a cold greenhouse in autumn or early spring to provide leaves overwinter and in late spring.
Cultivation of Pak Choi:Not known in the wild.
Known hazards of Brassica rapa chinensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.