[Sca-cooks] Advice on a leafy green vegetable
t.d.decker at att.net
Fri Aug 14 14:44:25 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.
> 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.
Sorry, I'm fogged from the drugs I'm taking to fight off an upper
respiratory infection. I was reading "on choy" as "bok choy." Water
spinach is Ipomea aquatica. It's in the same genus as the sweet potato
(Ipomea batatas). Not related to amaranth.
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