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2017 is the Year of the Brassica!


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2017 is the Year of the Brassica!
Year of the Brassica

The Brassica family of plants is one of the most prolific genera of vegetables in the world, enjoyed by countless generations in many forms and playing a starring role in many culturally significant recipes. Brassica vegetables, including bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and turnips are popular around the world today and have been a major food source for as long as anyone can remember. The Chinese philosopher Confucius, before dying in 479 B.C. wrote over 300 traditional songs describing life in the Chou dynasty. Many of the songs were agriculturally themed and named over 40 foods of the time, including cabbage! Perhaps current songwriters should devote more lyrics to healthy eating and the joys of agriculture!

Also known as cole crops, derived from the Latin word caulis, denoting the stem or stalk of a plant, brassica provide plenty of nutrition (vitamin C and soluble fiber) and healthy doses of glucosinolates, a compound that helps reduce the risk of various cancers of the digestive tract.  In addition, red Brassicas provide mega-doses of Anthocyanin (a powerful anti-oxidant) at bargain prices. Some glucosinolates have a bitter flavor that makes them unpalatable to some people.  Modern breeding has replaced some of the bitter glucosinolates with neutral-flavored ones so that all palates can enjoy Brassicas.

To celebrate the Year of the Brassica, try one of these Brassica recipes from Chef Jonathan Bardzik
Read more about all the different types of Brassica including Broccoli, Brussell Sprouts, Cabbage, Pak Choi, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnip.
See pictures of all the different types of Brassica.
New Varieties from our members:
Brussels Sprouts Dagan
Brussels Sprouts Dagan
Cabbage Caraflex F1
Cabbage Caraflex F1
Kale Prizm F1
Kale Prizm F1
Kohlrabi Konan F1
Kohlrabi Konan F1
Radish Sweet Baby F1
Radish Sweet Baby F1
Radish Fiesta Blend
Radish Fiesta Blend
The National Garden Bureau recognizes and thanks, Jan van der Heide from Bejo Seed as the author, and Heather Kibble from Sakata Home Grown as a contributor to this fact sheet.

This brassica fact sheet is provided as an educational service of the National Garden Bureau. There are no limitations on the use. Please credit National Garden Bureau. Please consider our NGB member companies as authoritative sources for information. Click on direct links to their websites by going to ngb.org and searching our Member Directory. Gardeners looking for seed, bulb and plant sources, please select “Shop Our Members”.

Photos can be obtained from the NGB website. National Garden Bureau would like to thank our members for providing the photos for this feature. Please credit the National Garden Bureau anytime one of these images is used.

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