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Long green stems with yellow flowers?

DreamCyn Apr 20, 2013 10:42 AM

Can someone please tell me what this mysterious green is?
A vendor handed it to me at the market (as it was closing down) when I told him I only had a dollar left
[ I later found 1.25 in change in my bag and was similarly sold a bag of mixed salad greens ]
He said what it was, but the only thing I remember was him saying it was similar to broccoli rabe....
I know he said it could be put in a salad or sauteed lightly (which is what I plan to do) but I really want to know what it actually IS before I eat it :)


  1. hannaone Apr 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    Chinese Broccoli?


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    1. re: hannaone
      DreamCyn Apr 20, 2013 11:11 AM

      That looks quite a bit like it, actually. But when I google chinese broccoli, I get no images of the sort!

      1. re: hannaone
        youareabunny Apr 20, 2013 01:40 PM

        My first thought as well.

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        nlgardener Apr 20, 2013 12:04 PM

        I think it looks like broccolini. Not bitter. You can chop it and cook it or leave it whole. I leave it whole. Trim the stems, if some are thicker, I peel the thicker ones like asparagus so they all cook evenly. You can roast them, but I usually do a sauté and steam with garlic infused olive oil, then some chicken broth and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice once tender and some parm cheese.

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        1. re: nlgardener
          DreamCyn Apr 20, 2013 01:46 PM

          Looking at photos, this looks like it might be the best possibility...

          1. re: DreamCyn
            Ruthie789 Apr 20, 2013 02:52 PM

            Maybe a yellow variety of brocolini.

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          modthyrth Apr 20, 2013 12:06 PM

          Oh, we had that through my CSA about two months ago. Shoot, I don't remember what it's called! But it was broccoli-like, but wasn't Chinese broccoli.

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            HillJ Apr 20, 2013 01:12 PM

            Because of the yellow flowers, I'm going with Chinese broccoli.


            1. Atomic76 Apr 20, 2013 02:44 PM

              It does kind of look like Broccolini, but the main thing that looks different to me is there are only a few buds on the end of each stem, not larger clusters like Broccolini or Broccoli Rabe.

              1. Ruthie789 Apr 20, 2013 02:56 PM


                I think you may have rapini and it does have yellow buds at the end of it. Please see above link. The link mentions that rapini and brocoli rabe are similar to each other.
                Here is another link with a picture.

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                1. re: Ruthie789
                  chefj Apr 20, 2013 05:47 PM

                  I agree

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                  ninrn Apr 20, 2013 03:20 PM

                  One more vote for gai lan aka Chinese broccoli. Broccolini is a hybrid of gai lan and regular broccoli, but it usually has a wider top. Here's some Chinese broccoli that looks just like yours. http://www.thekitchn.com/farmers-mark... . Rapini is just another word for broccoli rabe. All these plants are mustards and have yellow flowers, but the stalks of the plant in your picture look a little too slender for it to be rapini.

                  1. PotatoHouse Apr 20, 2013 03:25 PM

                    Another vote for Flowered Chinese Broccoli.

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                      ricepad Apr 20, 2013 05:43 PM

                      Looks kinda leggy for gai lan to me. My first thought was some variety of mustard greens.

                      1. DreamCyn Jun 11, 2013 08:30 PM

                        It turned out to be very very bitter, and while someone recommended deep frying it, I'm way too lazy for that, and after one not-delicious stir-fry in garlic and butter with lemon, we didn't really eat the rest.

                        1. letsindulge Jun 11, 2013 08:33 PM

                          Mustard greens.

                          1. girloftheworld Jun 12, 2013 04:15 PM

                            perhaps the aspergus got fistey with brocli?

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                              HillJ Jun 12, 2013 04:16 PM

                              I thought we determined this was Chinese broccoli...no?

                              1. letsindulge Jun 12, 2013 06:11 PM

                                This vegetable is choy sum. It is related to rape and is used interchangeably with Chinese broccoli aka gai lan. It can be steamed, stir-fried, or added to soup during the last few minutes. It's taste is bitter, and mustardy.

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                                  HillJ Jun 12, 2013 06:16 PM

                                  I immediately went to an image of choy sum, letind. Does the farmer remove the large green leaves and leave behind the stems and yellow buds? Because the OP photo has no leaves and all the images I've looked at do.


                                  I don't see these two as the same.

                                  1. re: HillJ
                                    letsindulge Jun 12, 2013 07:18 PM

                                    It's definitely NOT Chinese broccoli, aka gai lan. It actually looks very close to wild mustard. They are abundant during the spring and can be gathered in orchards, and groves. It is a popular foraged plant in many cultures.

                                    1. re: letsindulge
                                      HillJ Jun 12, 2013 08:04 PM

                                      what about the leaves? it's the leaves in the photo I found under choy sum and the lack of leaves in the OP's photo that confused me from one photo to another.

                                      1. re: HillJ
                                        letsindulge Jun 12, 2013 08:11 PM

                                        Agree missing leaves.

                                        1. re: letsindulge
                                          HillJ Jun 12, 2013 08:14 PM

                                          and here's Chinese broccoli...what do you think, kinda close?

                                      2. re: letsindulge
                                        ninrn Jun 13, 2013 09:04 AM

                                        There are lots of varieties of gai lan/Chinese broccoli. Not all of them are the thick kind that's usually served in Chinese restaurants. Both gai lan and choy sum are mustards, but choy sum (aka pak choi) usually has wider leaves. I think that's why it's called "choy" or "choi" ("cabbage").

                                        The OP's plant seems like it's definitely some sort of mustard, but wild mustard has a huge profusion of leaves by the time it flowers, while some varieties of gai lan are bred to be mostly stem so they can be eaten almost like asparagus. I think it's close enough to HillJ's picture and mine (above), to make a pretty strong case for some type of gai lan.

                                    2. re: letsindulge
                                      ricepad Jun 12, 2013 08:08 PM

                                      Didn't look like choy sum to me, nor gai lan. I still say it's mustard.

                                      1. re: ricepad
                                        HillJ Jun 12, 2013 08:11 PM

                                        Mustard greens? Again it's leaves that are confusing me. The OP photo is stems and yellow buds, no leaves.

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