In much of the world, this is the vegetable referred to as "Chinese cabbage" or celery cabbage. It is a type of cabbage originating near the Beijing region of China. The name "nappa" comes from colloquial and regional Japanese, where "nappa" refers to the leaves of any vegetable, especially when used as food. Nappa cabbage is used as a sign of prosperity in China, and its image often appears as a symbol in glass and porcelain figures.
Availability may vary by variety and with weather conditions.
Store whole in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It should last about a week.
To prepare the entire head at once, cut it in half lengthwise, remove the core, and chop as desired.
Separate and wash individual leaves as needed.
Use a wrap for sandwiches, spring rolls, etc.
Make kimchee or a slaw
Great in stir fry and soups
Chop and add to salads
Sliced cabbage, sliced snow peas, grated sweet potato and chopped mint and cilantro.