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Chinese broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra)
An annual Chinese variety, probably brought to far-eastern parts by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Has thick-stemmed leaves - resembling a courser version of "bok choi" - flowers are white or yellow depending on variety. Also known as "white flowering broccoli"; "Chinese kale"; "gai lan"; "kailan"; kaai laan tsoi". This vegetable has more flavour than Chinese leaves. See also "Brassica"