ORIENTAL GREENS AND CABBAGES Mustards, as a rule, are the greens most tolerant of heat, can take some frosts, and stay usable longest in the garden; pak choi, tatsoi, and cabbages are apt to bolt in frosty weather or summer heat. All are best in cool spring or fall conditions. Most should be sown where plants are to grow. Sow no deeper than one-quarter inch in moist, rich, well-draining soil. Most types mature in about 45 days; heading varieties require 60-75 days.
The Chinese name for the napa cabbage also means ‘hundred’ and ‘wealth’, so is viewed as a sign of wealth and prosperity in China. Keepsakes are frequently created from jade, amethyst, crystal, glass, porcelain or even simply formed from plastic and they are sometimes found highly decorated in gold or silver. These figures are found on items like key chains, necklaces, earrings, purse chains, and bracelets.
The most famous cabbage art, designated as a significant antiquity, is a small jadeite sculpture that is part of the collection at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. This ‘Jadeite Cabbage’ also includes a locust and katydid camouflaged in the leaves. The sculptor of the ‘Jadeite Cabbage’ is unknown, but it was first displayed in the Forbidden City's Yonghe Palace, the residence of the Qing Empire's Guangxu Emperor's Consort Jin, who probably received it as part of her dowry for her wedding to Guangxu, in 1889. Two foot long chinese cabbage sculptures can be found in places like railroad stations, and cabbage art is prominent in restaurants and homes.
Try growing your own chinese cabbage for the flavor and maybe a little more fortune will come your way! We offer three Chinese type cabbages--the Hilton, Chirimen Hakusai, and the Pai Tsa. But don’t stop there, try our other delicious Asian greens like Chinese kale, Chinese mustard and Pak Choi.