Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 芥蘭
Simplified Chinese 芥兰
Literal meaning "mustard orchid"
Burmese name
Burmese ကုက်လန်
Thai name
Thai ผักคะน้า (phak khana)
Vietnamese name
Quốc ngữ cải làn or cải rổ
Kai-lan, cultivar unknown
Species Brassica oleracea
Cultivar group Alboglabra Group
Origin unknown
Cultivar group members unknown

Kai-lan, also known as Chinese broccoli, is a leaf vegetable featuring thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. Broccoli and kai-lan belong to the same species Brassica oleracea, but kai-lan is in the group alboglabra [Latin albus+glabrus white and hairless]. Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but a bit bitter. Broccolini is a hybrid between broccoli and kai-lan, produced by Mann Packing Company, Inc.

Kai-lan is eaten widely in Chinese cuisine, and especially in Cantonese cuisine. Common preparations include kai-lan stir-fried with ginger and garlic, and boiled or steamed and served with oyster sauce. It is also common in Vietnamese cuisine, Myanmar (as ကိုက်လန်) and Thai cuisine.


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