Kai Lan or Gai Lan typically bears long, fleshy stalks with wide and flat leaves. It has thick stems that are pale green, smooth, and crunchy, and the broad, variegated, blue-green to dark green, waxy leaves are semi-glossy with prominent veining. As the plant matures, it develops small, edible flower buds that will eventually open and bloom white/yellow flowers, and the entire plant is harvested when young for its crisp and tender consistency.
What is the nutritional value or health benefits of eating Kai Lan (Gai Lan)?
Kai Lan is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, calcium, and folate. It also contains some antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein, and vitamins K and B9.
What is the difference between organic and non-organic vegetables?
The difference between organic and non-organic (conventional) vegetables lies in how the vegetables are produced. Organic vegetables are produced without synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and antibiotics or growth hormones. Some organic farmers may use natural pesticides approved for organic food production.
Organic farming is widely considered to be a far more sustainable alternative when it comes to food production. The lack of pesticides and wider variety of plants enhances biodiversity and results in better soil quality and reduced pollution from fertilizer or pesticide run-off.
Suggested Cooking Method / Recipe :
Fried Baby Kailan