How To Grow Chinese Broccoli

Chinese broccoli also known as Gai Lan or Kai-lan is a leaf vegetable with delicious, tender, leaves and thick stems, similar to broccoli. Chinese broccoli are also very nutritional, containing high amounts of vitamins C and A. In this article, we will share how to grow Chinese broccoli, the nutrients and health benefits that this vegetable has to offer.

How To Grow Chinese Broccoli

Sow outdoors from late spring to mid-august. Grow Chinese broccoli in open soil, trenches, or in large containers/pots in full sun. Sow around 2cm deep in individual containers/pot or 30cm(12in) apart. Chinese broccoli prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.

Keep soil weed-free, and water regularly especially in dry spells, and try to keep soil evenly moist. Leaves are ready to harvest 60-70 days after sowing, so start harvesting from around mid-summer to early winter. Cut the top centimeters off when white flowers appear.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Chinese broccoli contains many beneficial nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, and B-6. They also contain minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, and are high in antioxidants. In addition, Chinese broccoli offers many health benefits. For example helps prevent arthritis, promotes a healthy heart, bone health, lung health, helps fight some cancers, and diabetes, and assists vision.

Chinese broccoli is easy to add to your diet, simply chop the stems and leaves up and chuck them into your favourite soup, side dishes, etc. They can be boiled, steamed, grilled, cooked, sautéed, and even eaten raw.