Brassica: Characteristics and Properties

Jed W Fahey

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The phytochemical-rich brassicas (also called cole crops, crucifers, or mustards) are one of the most economically important plant families in the world. They are very significant global contributors to the foodscape from both a nutritional perspective and a culinary perspective, being viewed variously as vegetables, starchy staples, condiments, or even medical foods. They include many green leafy vegetables (e.g., cabbage, kale, arugula, cress, and broccoli sprouts), fleshy vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts), starchy root and stem crops (e.g., radish, daikon, wasabi, horseradish, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, maca, and mashua), and seed crops (e.g., mustard seed and rapeseed).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food and Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780123849533
ISBN (Print)9780123849472
StatePublished - Sep 14 2015


  • Brassicaceae
  • Brassicales
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Canola
  • Cole crops
  • Crucifer
  • Cruciferae
  • Mustard
  • Oilseed
  • Rapeseed
  • Vegetable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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