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Bok choy
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Brassica rapa chinensis, called "bok choy" in the United States
Species Brassica rapa
Cultivar group Chinensis, Pekinensis groups
Origin China, before the 15th Century
Starr 070730-7871 Brassica rapa
Bok choy

Bok choy (also known as pak choi, boc choy, and pok choi) is classified as a Chinese cabbage. It is part of the cabbage family and does not have the same stringiness. The dark green, crinkly leaves of the most common type are like Romaine lettuce.

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The Chinese, who have been cultivating the plant for more than 5000 years, commonly refer to bok choy as pak choi or "white vegetable." Another common name is white cabbage.

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