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 the phytochemical, indole. Researchers are interested in indole-3-carbinol for cancer prevention, particularly breast, cervical and endometrial, and colorectal cancer. Their reason is that diets with higher amounts of fruit and vegetable consumption are associated with a decreased risk of developing cancer. Researchers suspect indole-3-carbinol is one of several vegetable components that might protect against cancer.
Being a leafy green vegetable, bok choy is also high in calcium, iron and Vitamin A as well as containing a host of phytochemicals.
We recommend 2 places to buy your bok choy:
Harris Farm Markets
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