What is Chinese cabbage?

What is Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa ssp. chinensis)? It is sometimes confused with a well-known Chinese leaves(Brassica rapa ssp. Pekinensis). Green and white pak choi, choi sum are fast growing and can be ready for harvest in as little as 4-7 weeks. Chinensis varieties do not form heads; instead, they have smooth, dark green leaf blades forming a cluster. The texture of both leaves and stalks is crisp, and the flavour is somewhere between mild cabbage and spinach.


Green pak choi.

Choi sum.
White pak choi.

Chinese broccoli-kailan.