Chinese cabbage can refer to two groups of Chinese leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group and the Chinensis Group. These vegetables are both variant cultivars or subspecies of the turnip and belong to the same genus as such Western staples as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Wikipedia
Napa cabbage is a large-headed cabbage with firmly packed, pale green leaves that you will usually find next to bok choy in Western supermarkets. More healthy than Western cabbages, Napa cabbage is rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients.
Napa cabbage has numerous health benefits of which many are listed below:
- Napa cabbage is very low in calories.
- Napa cabbage contains many antioxidant plant compounds and is high in dietary fiber.
- Some scientific studies suggest consuming napa cabbage in our diet can help to protect our body from cancers and help to lower LDL levels.
- Napa cabbage is an incredible resource of folic acid and Vitamin B.
- Napa cabbage is high in Vitamin C.
- It’s also an amazing source for Vitamin K.
Like tofu, Napa cabbage absorbs the flavours of the foods around it. That’s why a lot of Chinese people like to add Napa cabbage in their soups or cook in a hot pot. The tender sweetness of Napa cabbage can also bring a sweetness to your soup. You can also eat it raw in salads and it’s often added to stir-fries and steamed food.