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The flowering plant Family Brassicaceae, known as the mustard family (or cabbage family), provides much of the world's winter vegetables. These include cabbage, kale, collard, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, chinese cabbage (bak choy, pak choy, choy sum, rapeseed (canola) and others), chinese kale, rutabaga (also known as swedish turnips or swedes), turnips, radish and kohl rabi. Other well known members of the Brassicaceae include mustard seed, horseradish and watercress (including Nasturtium).

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collards, and kale are all cultivars of one species: (Brassica oleracea)

The mustard family is found worldwide and consists of plants with annual, bi-annual and perennial life spans. Whilst some members of the Brassicaceae have seeds with a high erucic acid content, making these unsafe to eat in large doses, all members of the family are edible, although some do taste better than others.

Table of contents
1 Placement
2 Alternate Placement
3 Synonyms and common names
4 Reference
5 Genera


Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta
Division Magnoliophyta -- angiosperms, flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida -- dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Capparales
Family Brassicaceae

Alternate Placement

Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Subdivision Spermatophyta
Class Angiospermae
Subclass Dicotyledeonae
Order: Papaverales
Family: Brassicaceae

Synonyms and common names

Brassica, mustard family, cabbage family.

Formerly called Cruciferae due to the four petals of these plants looking like crosses.