Receiving Information: Good quality Napa should exhibit well shaped heads with fresh-looking leaves, be fairly even colored, and heavy for its size. Avoid wilted or discolored product. Water soaked or soft spots are indications of freeze damage. Wilting-Napa is susceptible to moisture loss if stored in an area with low humidity. Yellowing; separation of leaves; Napa is sensitive to ethylene and may be damaged by the gas.
Storage/Handling: Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 7 days or less: 32-36 degrees F. 90-98% relative humidity.
Characterized by an oblong head and tightly packed, pale green to white crinkled leaves. NapaÍs mild flavor is similar to a cross between cabbage, iceberg lettuce, and celery. Texture is tender-crisp.
Napa may be used cooked or uncooked. Also known as celery cabbage or pe-tsai. Napa is native to China, where is has been consumed for thousands of years. In northern China, it is eaten on a daily basis, often marinated.