Chinese broccoli

noun
variants: or less commonly Chinese kale

Definition of Chinese broccoli

:a leafy garden plant (Brassica oleracea alboglabra synonym Brassica alboglabra) that has thick, smooth stems, waxy bluish-green leaves in loose rosettes, and small, usually white flowers
  • Chinese broccoli has prominent green stems and leaves and is never as compact as regular broccoli …
  • —Georgia TaskerMiami Herald8 Sept. 1985
; also :the stems and young leaves of Chinese broccoli used as food
  • The lightly sauteed Chinese broccoli, with its hint of bitterness, offered a fine contrast to the sweet flavors elsewhere on the table.
  • —Candace PageBurlington (Vermont) Free Press10 Jan. 2008
Note: The plant and the food are also called gai lan.

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First Known Use of chinese broccoli

1940


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