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Fun Jen Cabbage
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Fun Jen cabbage is an Asian green that grows in conical heads from the ground. Fun Jen cabbage is harvested when the head is around 25 centimeters in height. The plant features juicy white stems and frilly, yellow-green leaves. The leaves are mild in taste, and are slightly sweet – much like lettuce. They are delicate and easily torn. The white stems are crunchy, and are tangy and sweet.
Fun Jen cabbage is available year-round.
Fun Jen cabbage is a variety of bok choy, and is botanically classified as Brassica rapa var chinensis. It is also referred to as Wong Bok Fun Jen, Frilly Leaf Bok Choy and Fun Jen Pai Tsai. It is closely related to Chinese cabbage and Napa cabbage. However, unlike its vegetative relations, Fun Jen cabbage is hardly used cooked. Its leaves are so tender and soft that they do not hold up well to heat. Rather, Fun Jen cabbage is commonly used raw in salads and in sandwiches, in place of lettuce.
Like other bok choy, Fun Jen cabbage contains vitamin B, vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, potassium and selenium.
Fun Jen cabbage may be used raw and cooked. It is good in salads and sandwiches. Fun Jen cabbage may be added to soups and stews, but throw them into the pot last, as they are very tender and lose their flavor quickly if cooked for too long. Store Fun Jen cabbage in a bag in the refrigerator, where it will last for 2 to 3 days.
The name “Fun Jen” is pronounced “foon-yen” in Chinese.
Fun Jen cabbage is commonly found in Taiwan. It is unclear exactly where it originated. However, it does well in sub-tropical areas and is a warm-season plant that thrives in temperatures of 15 to 32 degrees Celcius. Fun Jen cabbage is not often found in supermarkets in the United States, but is a popular choice for home gardens since the plant is easy to grow.