Sword Choy (A-Choy)
Sword Choy or Sword Lettuce is a crisp and tender, slightly serrated, loose-leaf lettuce with a texture like butter lettuce, a deep crunchy midrib, and mild and nutty flavor that is reminiscent of almonds! This refreshing plant is very popular in the hot climates of Taiwan and Southern China and is delicious in stir-fries, salads, and soups. It is often stir-fried with fresh chopped garlic or blanched and served with oyster sauce much like Yu Choy Sum. A light and hearty addition to summer meals!
Also Known As: AA Choy Sum, A-Choy, AA Cai, Chinese Narrow Leaf Lettuce, Oriental Lettuce, Yu Mai Tsai, Pointed Leaf Lettuce, Arden Lettuce, Taiwanese Sword Lettuce, Taiwanese Cabbage, Taiwanese Pointed Lettuce Greens, AA Chop Xin, “A” Lettuce, Stem Lettuce, Celtuce Lettuce, Wosun, Celery Lettuce, Sharp Leaf Celtuce, Benih, Wangi, Manis, Salad Tajam
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||Lettuce, Sword Choy
|Days to Germinate:||4-8|
|Days to Harvest:||50|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.
In the Spring, plant Sword Choy after all danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 1/4-1/2 inch deep in raised beds 1 inch apart within the row, then thin to 8 inches apart when plants gro about 2-4 inches tall. Space the rows about 2-3 feet apart if growing with other plants. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly.
|Planting Depth:||1/4 inch|
||1 inch, thin to 8-12 inches
Care During the Season:
|Principle||Nutrient Value per 100 g.||Percent of RDA|
|Energy||18 Kcal||1 %|
|Total Fat||0.30 g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber||1.7 g||4.5%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.183 mg||3.5%|