Bok Choy

Bok Choy plants growing in vegetable garden

Brassica rapa

Chinese Cabbage
Chinese_cabbage (Wikipedia)
Chinese cabbage
SpeciesBrassica rapa
Cultivar groupChinensis Group, Pekinensis Group
OriginChina, before the 15th century
Cultivar group membersMany; see text
Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis

Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa, subspecies pekinensis and chinensis) can refer to two cultivar groups of leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group (napa cabbage) and the Chinensis Group (bok choy).

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. Both have many variations in name, spelling, and scientific classification, especially bok choy cultivars.

Bok Choy (Wiktionary)


Alternative forms

  • bak choy, bokchoi, bok choi, pak choi, baicai, pe-tsai, petsai, patchoi


Borrowed from Cantonese 白菜 (baak6 coi3, “white vegetable”). Doublet of pechay.


  • (General American) enPR: bŏk'choi', IPA(key): /ˌbɒkˈt͡ʃɔɪ/


bok choy (uncountable)

  1. Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis, an East Asian leafy vegetable related to the Western cabbage.


  • (Chinese cabbage)
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