I’ve been hot on the trail of healthy greens lately. I was a Kale Girl all last year; I blogged about the benefits of watercress last month; and now I’m delving into Asian greens, possibly the most nutrient greens of all.
Asian greens have been grown in China for over six thousand years — although I got mine somewhere much closer, from Jade Asian Greens in Southern California. In fact, I was lucky. They shipped a huge box of their lush greens to my home (one of the many benefits of being a recipe developer and food blogger), so technically all I had to do was open the door and heave the box up the stairs.
As the third generation in a family of farmers, cousins Roy and Steve Nishimori at Jade are all about bringing fabulous nutritious Asian greens to people eager for superfoods – and I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with their greens in my kitchen. I used their Gai Lan (Asian Broccoli Rapini) in a pasta last weekend, and today I’ve got a couscous salad with their Baby Bok Choy.
Fun fact: Bok choy (which means ‘white cabbage’ in Chinese) is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world!
How many of you guys knew that?
It’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate and calcium. In fact it has more than a 50% advantage over milk for the body’s ability to absorb its calcium. Oh, and it carries the same anti-cancer, antioxidant, phytochemicals common to its other cruciferous cousins.
But let’s face it, best of all, it tastes great. I don’t cook a lot of Asian dishes (although yes, I just posted another one yesterday!), so my kitchen play has been more about using these greens in other kinds of dishes. Bok choy is super flexible – it can be eaten raw in salads, green smoothies, or vegetable juices, sautéed up with some chickpeas and smoky Hungarian paprika, or added to your next pot of minestrone soup.
Go on over to their site now to check out my recipe for a great way to use this little powerhouse in a couscous salad. Now that the weather is heading into spring, this dish is perfect for any brunch you’re planning, or for a light dinner.
Disclosure: San Miguel Produce/Jade Asian Greens provided me with fabulous greens for recipe development, and financial compensation. As always, my opinions are my own.