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Bok Choy

Also indexed as:Celery Mustard, Chinese Mustard, Onf Choy, Pak Choi, Spoon Cabbage, Taisai
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Buying Tips

Look for bok choy with firm stalks and leaves. Avoid yellowing or wilted leaves.


Common name variations for bok choi include pak choi, pak choy, bok choi, spoon cabbage, taisai, celery mustard, and Chinese mustard. Baby bok choy is smaller and more tender than mature bok choy. Shanghai pak choi is similar to bok choy but has pale green stalks with leaves that are just slightly darker than the stalk.

The most distinct comparison between bok choy and Chinese cabbage is in appearance. Bok choy has loosely clustered leaves with no compact head, while Chinese cabbage has either a cylindrical or barrel-shaped head.

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