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Napa Cabbage: A Fresh Twist from Local Harvest Delivery

This week, your CSA box is bringing you the ever-versatile Napa cabbage, and we’ve got the inside scoop on this kitchen superstar. Plus, we’re sharing a simple and delicious braised Napa cabbage recipe. Let’s get started!

Meet Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage, also known as Chinese cabbage, is a leafy green that’s all about crispness and mild sweetness. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Looks Matter: Napa cabbage boasts an elongated, pale green head with crinkled leaves, quite different from the round cabbage you might be familiar with.

2. Flavor Profile: Its taste is subtly sweet with a touch of peppery notes. It’s light and crunchy, making it a great addition to many dishes.

Cooking with Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage is like a culinary chameleon, ready to shine in various recipes:

1. Crispy Salads: Chop it up and toss it into your salads for a delightful crunch.

2. Stir-Fry Star: Its mild flavor makes it a great fit for stir-fries, soaking up all those tasty sauces.

3. Kimchi Classic: Napa cabbage is the secret to Korean kimchi, the spicy and iconic side dish.

4. Soups and Stews: Let it soften in soups and stews, adding a subtle sweetness to the broth.

5. Wrap It Up: Use Napa cabbage leaves as a healthier alternative to wraps or tortillas.

6. Pickle Pleasure: You can pickle it for a tangy and mellow flavor, perfect for side dishes.

Braised Napa Cabbage Recipe

Now, let’s dive into a simple recipe to showcase the charm of Napa cabbage:


  • 1 Napa cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Heat It Up: In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sizzle Aromatics: Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté for about a minute until they become fragrant.
  3. Add Napa Cabbage: Toss in the chopped Napa cabbage and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until it starts to wilt.
  4. Flavor Boost: Drizzle the soy sauce over the cabbage. Stir to coat the cabbage evenly with that savory goodness.
  5. Simmer and Season: Pour in the broth and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Lower the heat, cover, and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until the cabbage becomes tender but still has a little crunch.
  6. Serve with Style: Transfer your braised Napa cabbage to a serving dish, and sprinkle sesame seeds on top for an extra crunch and nutty flavor.

This braised Napa cabbage is a simple and tasty side dish that highlights its mild and sweet character. Its tender yet slightly crisp texture combined with savory flavors is a win-win.

Enjoy your Napa cabbage from Local Harvest Delivery, and happy cooking!

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