2018 AAS winners – the Healthy and the Heavenly

Fri. Jan. 19, 2018

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If you’re looking for a cruciferous that won’t bolt, try Pak Choi Asian Delight.  I would say it’s healthy, but the moment I do, my husband rolls his eyes!  So, between you and me, like any cruciferous such as broccoli, cabbage, kale… it’s chock full of the full spectrum of over 70 antioxidants.

Pak Choi ‘Asian Delight’

Isn’t it a beautiful plant?  That’s not the reason ‘Asian Delight’ is an AAS winner.  Oh no, that’s just a part of it.  This Chinese cabbage (which is the SAME thing as Bok Choy) is very slow to bolt.  That means, while it’s a cool season vegetable, it will not flower until much later in the season, which means you don’t have to harvest it immediately.   ‘Asian Delight’ forms mildly flavored 5 to 7 inch heads with bright white, tender ribs and dark green leaves. One judge seeded it 3 different times during the summer.   Here are some recipes for Pak Choi aka Bok Choy.    This one sounded particularly good to me Chili and ginger stir fried broccoli and pak choi. 

Okay, enough with the healthy, how about the heavenly?  Gypsophila Gypsy White Improved aka Baby’s Breath.  This new and improved annual offers semi-double flowers that bloom into infinity.  Well, that’s not quite truthful but it will last from Spring thru Summer!

Gypsophila ‘Gypsy White’ Improved

One judge remarked This is an OUTSTANDING plant! The blooms were triple compared to the comparison! It was almost a white carpet.”  It grows 12 to 18 inches tall and works wonderfully in a hanging basket, as a low edging plant or stunning ground cover with a mounded habit.  If planted in full sun, it will need more moisture on hot days.