The long, oval-shaped vegetable is always in stock and serves as a staple in a lot of Asian recipes, but most shoppers pass it over because they just don’t know what to do with it. If your interest in Napa cabbage has been piqued, we’ve got good news: It’s actually quite versatile — not to mention it packs a pretty heavy nutritional punch.
Napa cabbage is a cool season annual vegetable which grows best when the days are short and mild. The plant grows to an oblong shaped head consisting of tightly arranged crinkly, thick, light-green leaves with white prominent veins. Innermost layer leaves feature light yellow color. Napa cabbage is widely used in China, Japan, and Korea. Napa cabbage is used as a sign of prosperity in China, and often appears as a symbol in glass and porcelain figures.