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2020–2021 Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida: Chapter 5. Ethnic Vegetable Production1

Guodong Liu, Christian F. Miller, Bonnie Wells, Yuncong Li, and Qingren Wang2

This is Chapter 5 of the Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida, 2020–2021 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/cv/cv30100.pdf.

Ethnic vegetable production in Florida contributes greatly to the diversity of the state’s agricultural industry. More than 40 types of ethnic/Asian vegetables are commercially grown each year in Florida. In recent years, the increasing demand for these crops has resulted in a rapid expansion of ethnic vegetable production in northeast and south Florida. Though availability, profitability, and competitiveness have increased, one of the concerns creating confusion between producers and consumers is that many of the ethnic vegetable crops have different names in different countries and cultures. Another concern is that, for many of these crops, there are no science-based production recommendations available for ethnic-vegetable producers to follow. This unavailability of recommendations may limit the production of these crops as local growers attempt to determine crop requirements with limited guidance. Before specific recommendations are developed for these crops, ethnic vegetable growers should follow recommendations that are available for crop species closely related to these ethnic vegetables. This is especially important for pest control and pest management because it is usually very difficult to find particular pesticides labeled specifically for certain ethnic vegetable species.

The objectives of this publication are to (1) provide various names of some ethnic/Asian vegetable crops with EDIS publications available to readers; (2) list related chapters in this handbook, which provide recommendations for crops close to these ethnic vegetables grown in Florida; and (3) list EDIS publications currently available for these crops. We strongly encourage growers of ethnic vegetables to follow the UF/IFAS recommendations for closely related crops until UF/IFAS recommendations for specific ethnic vegetable species are established.

Web links for EDIS publications available for ethnic/Asian vegetable growers in Florida:

Luffa—an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1285

Tong Hao—an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1276

Long Squash—an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1272

Bitter Melon—an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1271

Long Bean—an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1268

Bok Choy, an Asian Leafy Green Vegetable Emerging in Florida. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1337

Tables

Table 5.1. 

Common name and botanical classification for selected Asian vegetables.

Vegetable Type

Common Name

Other Names

Family Name

Related Crop Grown in Florida

Root

Daikon radish

Long white radish, Oriental radish, white radish, winter radish

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Radish (Chapter 15)

Lobok radish

Chinese radish

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Radish (Chapter 15)

Turmeric

Western ginger

Zingiberaceae

Root crops (Chapter 15)

Leafy

A choy

Taiwanese lettuce

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Lettuce (Chapter 9)

Shalihon

Xue li hong, mustard green

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Lettuce (Chapter 9)

Tong Hao

Tahn ho, Shungiku, crown daisy, garland daisy, edible chrysanthemum, garland chrysanthemum, or chrysanthemum greens

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Lettuce (Chapter 9)

Napa

Napa cabbage

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

Long napa

Peking cabbage, celery cabbage

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

Shanghai bok choy

Bok choy, pak choi, bok choi, pok choy

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

U choy

Yu choy, Chinese greens

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

Taiwan cabbage

Taiwan flat cabbage, Li Sun Cabbage, flathead cabbage

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

Wawa choy

Baby Chinese cabbage

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Cabbage (Chapter 6)

Callaloo

Callalloo, calalloo, calaloo, kallaloo, Xian choy, amaranth, taro, Xanthosoma

Amaranthus (Amaranthaceae)

Lettuce (Chapter 9)

Malabar spinach

Vine spinach, red vine spinach, climbing spinach, creeping spinach, buffalo spinach, Ceylon spinach

Basella alba (Basellaceae)

Lettuce (Chapter 9)

Flower

Gailon

Chinese broccoli (Kale)

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Broccoli (Chapter 6)

Fruit

Long squash

Po Gua, Poo Gua, Hu Gua, Opo squash, birdhouse gourd, bottle gourd, calabash gourd, hard-shelled gourd, dolphin gourd, long melon, opo squash, trumpet gourd, and white-flower gourd

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumber (Chapter 7)

Fuzzy squash

Hairy gourd, fuzzy melon

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumber (Chapter 7)

Luffa

Loofa, Loofah, Chinese okra, angled loofah, dishcloth sponge

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumber (Chapter 7)

Kabocha

Japanese pumpkin, Kabocha squash, Kent pumpkin

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumber (Chapter 7)

Long bean dark green

Asparagus bean, Chinese long bean, long-podded cowpea, and yardlong bean

Fabaceae

Legume (Chapter 10)

Long bean white

Chinese long bean, haricot asperge, pea bean, dow gauk

Fabaceae

Legume (Chapter 10)

Chinese eggplant

Aubergine, brinjal

Solanum (Solanaceae)

Eggplant (Chapter 8)

Indian eggplant

Brinjal

Solanum (Solanaceae)

Eggplant (Chapter 8)

Thai eggplant

Thai purple, Thai green, Thai yellow, Thai white

Solanum (Solanaceae)

Eggplant (Chapter 8)

Lablab beans

Hyacinth bean, bonavist bean/pea, dolichos bean, seim bean, Indian bean, cluster bean

Lablab purpureus (Fabaceae)

Cluster bean (Chapter 11)

Footnotes

1.

This document is CV301, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2017. Revised June 2020. Visit the EDIS website at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu for the currently supported version of this publication.

2.

Guodong Liu, associate professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Christian F. Miller, Extension agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County; Bonnie Wells, Extension agent II, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County; Yuncong Li, professor, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center; and Qingren Wang, Extension agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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