Chinese cabbage is a cool weather crop that prefers short days. There’s nothing offensive about a wombok – it’s the Norah Jones of the cabbage kingdom. Be sure to keep the slugs and snails away as they like it as much as we do. The leaves can be used as wrappers for other foods during steaming. Korean relish kim chee can be made from wombok pickled in salt, garlic and chilli. Many cabbage varieties are incredibly hardy and will tolerate below-freezing temperatures. I’m a huge fan of Asian greens, vegetables like wombok (Chinese cabbage), pak choi (Chinese white cabbage), bok choy, tatsoi (Chinese flat cabbage) and kailan (Chinese broccoli, also spelled gai lan). It can also be used in soups, casseroles or stir fries. Very few people get annoyed when it turns up on … They’re so good to have on hand for soups, salads, stir-fries or to simply steam and top with little drizzle oyster sauce and sesame oil. Unlike regular cabbage, the thick veins in the leaves are actually sweet and tender.Growing Chinese cabbage is a great addition to any vegetable garden. https://www.gardenate.com/plant/Chinese cabbage?zone=4&reply-to=7968 For the healthiest growth they need an open, sunny site and rich soil. Its upright cylindrical heads average 40-50cm tall and 15cm in diameter with dark-green leaves and a well blanched interior. Firm, upright heads of tightly packed leaves can aslo be steamed or used in a stir-fry. What is Chinese cabbage? Chinese cabbage (Brassica pekinensis) is an oriental vegetable that is used a lot in sandwiches and salads instead of lettuce.The leaves are tender like lettuce even though it is a cabbage. 29 Dec 13, Gina Bubb (New Zealand - temperate climate) I lived in NZ in the North Island and wish to grow the Chinese Cabbage Wombok that I use to find readily available in Aussie in the supermarkets. It is grown and harvested in a similar way to cabbage. It reaches maturity from 55 to 100 days. Quicker to harvest than other cabbages. chinese-cabbage-wombok-2 (1) chinese-cabbage-wombok-3 (1) A versatile vegetable for salads or in cooking. Grow cabbage as rapidly as possible. Michihili is so popular that the class of cylindrical, semi-heading Chinese cabbages is sometimes referred to as Michihili. var pekinensis This well known sure heading variety accounts for a high percentage of Chinese cabbage grown for market in the United States. Michihili is a cultivar name. Best grown with plenty of water and in rich soil for optimal results. Wombok - Brassica rapa. Cabbage Growing Problems: Avoid many cabbage growing problems by sowing cabbage seed so that plants come to harvest in cool weather. Where to Grow Cabbage . Some varieties can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. 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