Shanghai Bok Choy
Shanghai bok choy has light-green, spoon-shaped leaves and pale yellow-green stalks. It has a sweet, delicate flavour, similar to chard, and can be used in much the same way as baby bok choy. The greens can be steamed, stir-fried, stewed, braised, chopped and cooked in dumplings or soups, or enjoyed raw in salads. It can be purchased year round in most supermarkets and greengrocers; it’s also an easy green to grow at home as it can be grown in containers. The US Centers for Disease Control lists Chinese cabbage – of which bok choy is a variety – as number two on their list of powerhouse foods. This versatile green is packed with nutritious antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and polyphenols. It also cooks in seconds and doesn’t need peeling, which makes it a great weeknight go-to green vegetable.