[Sca-cooks] Advice on a leafy green vegetable

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Fri Aug 14 14:32:36 PDT 2009

> On Aug 14, 2009, at 12:16 PM, Susan Fox wrote:
>> Asian markets are such fun.  I discovered a leafy veg called "on  choy" 
>> that I think I like better than spinach anyway.  Very mild in  flavor and 
>> takes up sauces like a champ.
> A.k.a. hong choy, water spinach, or simply "hollow-stemmed vegetable"  in 
> English. Most commonly sauteed with lots of garlic and ginger, or  with 
> white fermented bean curd "cheese" sauce (fu yee or fu ngoy).  Less 
> astringent than spinach, too.
> I believe it's an amaranth relative.
> Adamantius

No.  Bok choy is Brassica rapa in the Family:  Brassicaceae, Order: 
Brassicales.  A cabbage.

Amaranth and malay spinach are both in the Order:  Caryophyllales.  Related 
by in two seperate Families:  Amaranthceae and Basellaceae.


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