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Turnip Brassica rapa var. rapifera
Turnip, Turnip Greens, Turnip Rape, Field MustardTurnips are a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the edible fleshy taproot. The leaves are also a good nutritious green leafy vegetable. There are also varieties that have been developed as a forage crop.
Collards Brassica oleracea var. viridis
CollardsCollards are a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the leaves. The wide, smooth, blue-green leaves of collards have a spinach-like flavor and are the highest in nutrients of the dark green, leafy vegetables.
Carrot Daucus carota var. sativus
CarrotCarrots are a biennial herb with a swollen taproot that can be up to 25 cm long. This is generally a temperate, or high altitude tropical crop, but the variety ‘Uberlandia’ does well in the lower tropics.
Ethiopian Kale Brassica carinata
Ethiopian Kale, Abyssinian mustardEthiopian Kale originated in the East African plain, particularly Ethiopia. The young, tender leaves and stem tips may be eaten raw in salads. Older leaves and stouter stem portions are cooked and eaten as a dark green leafy vegetable. The flowering stalks may also be cooked and eaten. Ethiopian...
Pak Choi, Bok Choy Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Pak Choi, Bok ChoyPak Choi is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the rosette of flattened white stems topped by green leaves. This nutritious and fast growing green leafy vegetable is popular in Asian stir-fries and in other dishes calling for cooked or fresh greens.
Broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica
Broccoli, Calabrese, Chou BroccoliBroccoli is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the head that is made of a cluster of many, dark green buds formed at the end of an edible stalk. It is a temperate crop that can be grown in the tropics at higher elevations. Broccoli has become a common, favorite vegetable around the...
Mustard Brassica rapa subsp. Trilocularis
Kale Brassica oleracea var. viridis
Kale, Abashaw Goman, Borecole, Cole, Leaf CabbageKale is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the leaves. Kale will withstand more heat than other Brassicas and is also tolerant of light frost, which can actually improve flavor. There are many varieties of leaf shape, color and height from a low mat of curled shoots to 2 m high. The...
Cauliflower Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
Cauliflower, Chou FleurCauliflower is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for its compact white immature flower head. Cauliflower is generally suited to temperate climates or higher altitudes in the tropics, preferring cool, moist soil and air. The heads are cut and eaten while the buds are still closed. In order...
Kohlrabi Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Kohlrabi, German Turnip, Stem Turnip, Cabbage TurnipKohlrabi is a short (45cm), biennial cruciferous crop (cabbage family) that is cultivated as an annual vegetable. The stems of each plant swell at the base to form a 5 - 10 cm in diameter edible, starchy globe. The broad edible leavesspiral in whorls around the globe-like swollen stem and are...