Choy Sum for a Healthy You

"Choy Sum" means "Vegetable's heart"

Other names:

  • Choi Sum (variation in spelling)
  • Chai Sim
  • Chinese Flowering Cabbage


The various Chinese names it is known by, is basically its name in Mandarin and the various dialects spoken in China.


It is one of the Chinese leafy vegetables that is easy to pick out from the others, due to its distinct yellow flowers. While another Chinese vegetable, Kailan (or Chinese Broccoli) also has yellow flowers, Choy Sum's stems and leaves are of a brighter green than Kailan's, which is usually a darker green and often duller in shade.


Their similarities is not surprising as both are from the (Chinese) Cabbage Family.


The stems can be of a lighter or a slightly darker green - although still bright green in shade. The sweeter variety, is of the darker green shade.


Other variety:

  • Baby Choy Sum (shorter stems and usually sweeter in taste)


Choy Sum's Main Nutrients

  • Antioxidant:    Vitamin (C,K), Beta-carotene
  • Other:               Vitamin (A,B,C,K), Beta-carotene, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Folate, Dietary Fiber, Water


Interesting stuff on Choy Sum

Native of:

  • South East Asia


Now Found\Grown in:

  • many parts of the world


Choy Sum ... antioxidant rich vegetable

Choy Sum (and some Chinese vegetables) has lower level of oxalic acid. Oxalic acid, an organic compound that is common in many foods, can affect the metabolism of  some minerals (such as, iron) obtained from the greens we eat.


Examples of Health Benefits of Choy Sum

  • cancer prevention
  • for healthy digestion
  • prevent osteoporosis
  • prevent heart diseases


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