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Gardener’s Glossary – cole

February 14, 2019

Cole: (as in cole slaw) or cruciferous refers to 37 diverse members of Brassica genus of the mustard family of vegetable plants. The word cole is derived from the Latin caulis referring to a plant’s stem or stalk. The word cruciferous refers to the flowers, which have four equal petals arranged in a cross formation.


They are all trace their origin to wild cabbage domesticated thousands of years ago in the northern Mediterranean area.  Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances cruciferous vegetables include cultivars of: kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, rutabaga, turnip, radish, horse radish, kohlrabi, rapini, collards, mustard, turnip, mustard, arugula, watercress, garden cress, and Asian greens like napa cabbage, bok choy, and mizuna,

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