Asian vegetables come in all shapes and sizes and offer an exciting alternative to their western counterparts. They can be a talking point at any dinner party or only a healthy addition to your favorite meals.

While many of them originate in Asia, with a few tips and tricks, you can pick up your favorite Asian vegetable seeds and grow them at home as well.

In this comprehensive guide, our expert gardeners reveal the secrets to growing delicious Asian veggies at home. So, get ready to dig in!

The ultimate list of Asian vegetables to grow at home

Seedlings in pots

There are so many different Asian veggies to tuck into that it can be challenging to know where to start. As well as familiar names like edamame and Chinese cabbage, there’s a vast range of more exotic beans, gourds, root veg, and more to discover.

In this guide, we’ll break some of our absolute favorites into 7 distinct categories.

Here’s what to expect.

Asian cabbage, kale and more Chinese spinach Asian legumes Asian gourds Asian herbs Asian root vegetables Asian nightshades


Tokyo bekana

Gai lan

Napa cabbage



Pak choy / Bok choy

* Choy sum / Yu choy

* Kohlrabi

* Korean cabbage

* Taiwan cabbage

Malabar spinach

* Red amaranth

* Water spinach

* Edible amaranth

* Chinese spinach


* Dou miao

* Yardlong beans

* Hyacinth beans

* Winged beans

* Azuki bean

* Guar

* Tinda / Indian squash

* Japanese squash / Kabocha

* Bitter melon

* Snake gourd

* Winter melon

* Bottle gourd / Calabash

* Edible luffa

* Angled luffa

* Hairy gourd / Mo Qwa

* Korean melon

* Thai basil

* Shiso / Perilla

* Okahijiki

* Chinese chives / Bunching onions

* Water-melon radish

* Gobo root / Burdock

* Kuroda carrots

* Daikon radish

* Tomatoes / Momotaro tomato

* Chinese eggplant

* Indian eggplant

* Japanese eggplant

* Korean eggplant

* Filipino eggplant

* Thai eggplant

* White eggplant

* Oriental sweet peppers

* Chi chien pepper

* Korean long green pepper

Growing guides for our top Asian vegetables

Oriental vegetables might look exotic and somewhat different from the eggplants, kale, and cabbages you’re used to, but in the garden, they behave in much the same way. This section has split up some of the most popular Asian veggies into 7 distinct growing guides.

Each guide is packed full of information about how you can raise a variety of delicious Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Southeast Asian vegetables at home, all grown from oriental vegetable seeds.

1. How to grow Asian kale, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, and more