Brassica oleracea




If you know what Brassica oleracea is, you’re probably a botanist.

You might see it translated as “wild cabbage.”

It’s actually an ancient plant that first started spreading around the Mediterranean at about the time of Paul’s missionary journeys in that area.

It (Brassica oleracea) is one plant with a lot of different cultivated variations. You’ve probably eaten some of them:

  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • collard greens
  • kohlrabi

I’ve even grown a bunch of those at one time or another. I knew that you can’t follow any of them with any others on that list year after year in the same place because they all attract the same pests (cabbage worms, etc.).

But I had no idea that they’re all basically the same plant, just different expressions of it.

Super-cool connection: It’s likely that this is a close relative of the tiny mustard seed Jesus referred to in the parable of the sower, which although a tiny seed, grows into a large tree when it lands in fertile soil.

I’m such a nerd – I love this stuff!

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