Broccoli, Blue Star Gai Lan (Organic)

Brassica oleracea. 45-60 days.

Our favorite variety of Chinese broccoli chosen from trials that included eight contestants. We like Blue Star’s moderately thick stems and easy-to-grow nature. There are many tropically adapted varieties of Chinese broccoli and, unlike those, Blue Star was very happy in our temperate northern climate. An essential and loved vegetable in Chinese and Thai culinary traditions, Gai Lan deserves a spot in every garden. The flavor is robust, somewhere between broccoli and collard greens. In Thailand, where it is known as kana, we have seen it served in pad see ew street noodles. It is commonly added to stir fry there as well. Also found in Vietnamese and Burmese cooking, the common Chinese preparation is in stir fry with pork, seasoned with ginger, garlic and oyster sauce. Gai Lan is also known as Chinese kale.

Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm, on Whidbey Island, Washington.

As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

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