Tuesday 8 January 2013

Have you ever seen a purple Pak Choi ...?

Grow Rubi Pak Choi with purple leaves
Rubi Pak Choi

So, having lived in Asia for many years, I thought that I had seen all the Pak Choi (Bok Choy, Pak Choy) that the world had to offer, until I arrived in the UK, and stumbled across a seed packet with a vegetable resembling a Pak Choi on it, only it had purple coloured leaves.  This really baffled me, since I had never come across a purple Pak Choi before.  It felt a bit like the time I tried to explain to my nephew James who lives in Hong Kong (then twelve), that I had seen someone growing a purple carrot in the UK, to which he snorted in disbelief and asked me if I was sure it wasn't just a rotten one.

Anyhow, to all the people around the world who have grown up eating Pak Choi, whether green or white stemmed, there is now also a purple leaf variety that is a hybrid called Rubi (F1) Pak Choi.  The catch is that you will have to grow it yourself, to be able to taste it, as it is not going to be available at your local supermarket any time soon.

You might also be interested in the full post on Growing Rubi Pak Choi.

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