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Home » Crop of the Week Archive » African cabbage (Cleome gynandra)

Because of its nutritional excellence and ease of cultivation, this leaf vegetable deserves greater use and research attention. Its high content of proteins, vitamins and minerals needs to be communicated to consumers in order to stimulate the demand for its production. This crop has C4-type photosynthesis and is therefore productive under hot and dry conditions, a trait of increasing value in the face of climate change.

[Photo courtesy Forest & Kim Starr]

Cleome gynandra (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach

Cleome gynandra (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach

Cleome gynandra (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach

Cleome gynandra (flowers). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach