Plantidote of the Day 2011-03-10
Here's a genuine challenge. Correntian MsExPat photographed this unusual vegetable while in Chengdu, capital of China's Sichuan province. (A great big hat tip for taking the time to do this, MsExPat!)
I saw this exquisite purple vegetable on top of a street vendor's cart in the market today. Don't know what it is -- I'd guess it is some relative to Chinese broccoli or Gai Lan.
The quality of the fresh produce in even the humblest market here outstrips almost anything you can find in the US.
Hmmm, I have no clue. It looks like Swiss chard and broccoli rabe had a love child -- but what the heck did they name it? (Click on the image for a larger shot that shows the details more clearly.) Ideas, thoughts, wild guesses?
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