Native to: China
Local season: best fall-spring
Also spelled pak choi and called leafy Chinese cabbage, this is a “zero calorie food” — meaning it’s so low-calorie you burn at least as many calories eating it as you get from it. It’s a member of the cabbage family and likes cool weather, making it popular for winter and early spring gardens.
It provides a bunch of anti-oxidants and is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. You’ll also get lots of vitamin K from it, and the various B-complex vitamins that are so important when you’re under stress (and who isn’t these days?). It also supplies a variety of minerals — calcium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium — along with some more recently popular nutrients such as omega-3s, beta-carotene, and lutein.