What Is Walking Stick Cabbage?

Walking stick cabbage (Brassicas japonica) is a member of the family Brassicaceae. It belongs to the genus Brassicas which includes other members such as Chinese cabbage, Japanese kohlrabi, Korean bok choy and Vietnamese cilantro. There are over 200 species of this plant worldwide, with only three native to North America.

The leaves of this plant have five leaflets each, while the stalks are usually 5–10 feet tall. They have two pairs of petioles at their base, and four pairs of leafstalks at their tips. These plants produce small greenish flowers from May through August.

The fruit is a seed pod containing one or several seeds that develop into tiny greenish-yellow berries when ripe.

The name “walking stick” comes from its habit of twirling around on the ground. It looks like a large, round rubber band. This type of cabbage is called “rubber stick.” When grown indoors, it grows well in cool climates.

However, it prefers full sun and moist soil conditions.

Uses

The leaves, stems and seeds of the plant are used for different purposes.

Edible Uses: The entire plant is edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. Those who choose to eat the greens raw should note that they will have a pungent flavor. Instead of making a salad out of it, one could chop and add the greens to your favorite green smoothie.

It adds a refreshing spin on the drink and also provides a healthy serving of nutrients.

Sources & references used in this article:

Wild cabbages and the effects of cultivation by R Ruggles Gates – Journal of genetics, 1953 – Springer

Histology of adventitious shoot production in micropropagated walking stick cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. longata) by Y Zhao, J Green, M Yu, BWW Grout – … Symposium on In Vitro Culture and …, 2004 – actahort.org

Chemostimulation of oviposition by the cabbage root fly Erioischia brassicae (Bouché) by RMM Traynier – Nature, 1965 – Springer

Epicuticular wax content in the leaves of cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata) as a mechanical barrier against three insect pests by D Žnidarčič, N Valič, S Trdan – Acta Agric. Slov, 2008 – researchgate.net

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