Gai Lan has great variety, they produce thick green stems and branches with sprinkling blue green to deep green leaves. After plant gets matured they produce premature flower buds. The younger plants are delicate. Gai Lan has a flavor just like broccoli, that is bitter and sweet.
Gai Lan is available for whole year.
Gai Lan, AKA kai lan, belongs to Brassica oleracea, the same family as kale, collard greens and cruciferous vegtables which have broccoli and cauliflower. There are many varieties of Gai Lan which are available at markets and as seed. Gai Lan is planted for its young stalks and white flower buds.
Gai Lan belongs to Chinese kitchen, it is often considered as stir-fry vegetable. Gai Lan makes good combination with rich fatty meats such as pork and works well in cooked cheese dishes in addition to the traditional spicy dishes it is featured in within Chinese cuisine.