Chinese broccoli

noun

variants or less commonly Chinese kale
: 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 Tasker, Miami Herald, 8 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 Page, Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, 10 Jan. 2008

Note: The plant and the food are also called gai lan.

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese broccoli was in 1940

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“Chinese broccoli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese%20broccoli. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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