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Gai lan (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra) is the Cantonese name and jie lan is the Mandarin name for a vegetable that is also known as Chinese broccoli  or Chinese kale. It is a leaf vegetable with thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems, and flower heads similar to but much smaller than broccoli, another Brassica oleracea cultivar, but gai lan is in the group alboglabra (from Latin albus "white" and glabrus "hairless"). Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but slightly more bitter. It is also noticeably stronger.
|Cultivar group||Alboglabra Group|
"Gai lan" in Traditional (top) and Simplified (bottom) Chinese characters
|Literal meaning||mustard orchid|
|Vietnamese alphabet||cải làn or cải rổ|
Gai lan can be sown in late summer for early-winter harvesting. Seedlings planted in autumn will last all winter. As with other plants, Gai Lan should be harvested and consumed before the yellow flowers bloom as the stems can become woody and tough when the plant bolts.
Gai lan is eaten widely in Chinese cuisine, Common preparations include gai lan stir-fried with ginger and garlic, and boiled or steamed and served with oyster sauce. It is also common in Vietnamese, Burmese and Thai cuisine.
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