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Dec 30, 2012 12:56 PM

No idea what this vegetable is - Help

I was at the farmers market yesterday and one farmer had this vegetable that he told is supposed to be called 'tang sai choy' but I can't find it with that name and this particular farmer is kind of a stoner so I can't rely on his information. I believe its some sort of dandelion green or prickly lettuce. Any idea of what it is?

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  1. Looks like curly endive or chicory. Is it bitter?

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    1. re: rcallner

      Must say I didn't get to try it. I'll do it next week for sure.

    2. Hard to tell in the photo, but maybe chrysanthemum greens?

      1. To me it looks like dandelion greens. Definitely looks like it's something in the chicory family.

        1. I think it looks like mizuna.

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          1. re: Jeri L

            I think Jeri L might be right about mizuna, since the points on dandelion leaves go downward. I think I've seen a type of arugula that looks like this, too. It doesn't look like Chinese watercress (aka water spinach), but the name for that is sai yeung choi. Maybe that's what your stoner farmer meant to say.

            1. re: ninrn

              I noticed the same about dandelion leaves but I think not all varieties go downward. Arugula leaves are actually quite similar to these.

              I don't know if you can get the scale but this thing is huge. Slightly larger than a whole bunch of russian red kale

              1. re: Zavorio

                Very interesting. The leaves looked too thin to be kale to me, but the shape is a lot like white peacock kale...

                Here's a picture of that (you have to scroll down on the page):


          2. All the greens you mention are slightly similar but none is just like the one in the picture. I'll try to get a better shot next week and hopefully the farmer will give me some more info on it.