Bok choy, or brassica chinensis to use its scientific name, is classified as a cabbage. However, bok choy bears little resemblance to the round European cabbages found in western supermarkets. Its white stalks resemble celery without the stringiness, while the dark green, crinkly leaves of the most common variety is similar to Romaine lettuce.
The Chinese commonly refer to bok choy as pak choi or "white vegetable." Another common name is white cabbage.
Bok Choy is part of the brassica family it is therefore rich in indoles which is an anti-cancer phytochemical. Also, being a leafy green vegetable, they are also high in calcium, iron and Vitamin A as well as containing a host of phytochemicals. Bok choy is good for constipation and digestion.
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