Napa cabbage belongs to the family Brassicaceae, commonly called the mustard or cabbage family. As a cruciferous plant it is closely related to species of Brassica like broccoli, bok choy and cauliflower is widely used in Asian cuisine. Since the 20th century, it has also become a widespread crop in Europe, the Americas and Australia. In much of the world, it is referred to as "Chinese cabbage". Napa cabbage is a cool season annual vegetable which grows best when the days are short and mild. The plant grows to an oblong shaped head consisting of tightly arranged crinkly, thick, light-green leaves with prominent white veins. Innermost layer leaves feature light yellow color. It is much softer and sweeter than regular cabbages, but can be used the same way. Napa cabbage is being used in sandwiches, as a lettuce wrap, in salads and slaws, grilled, sautéed or stir fried. Delicious raw or cooked.
Napa cabbage requires deeply loosened medium heavy soil. The crop achieves particularly high yields on sandy loam.
Other Names: Celery cabbage, Da bai cai, Sui choy, Hakusai, Pechay Baguio, Wombok, qīng cài