A Japanese leafy green with a peppery flavour great for salads
Mizuna is a leafy vegetable from Japan that grows as a large rosette of feathery leaves with a peppery, cabbage flavour. Leaves can be used raw in salads or cooked in stir-fries and The young flowering stems can be cooked like broccoli.
Scientific Name: Brassica rapa var. niposinica
Plant Life Cycle: biennial but are usually grown as annuals
Optimal Germination Temperature: 18C
Germination time in days: 5-10 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 21-50 days
Sunlight: Full Sun or partial shade
Soil requirement: Well-drained, rich soil
Sowing and cultivation: Sow directly outdoors after last chance of frost has passed from May to August into well prepared soil in a sunny spot when temperatures reach around 16-18C. Sow seeds thinly into drills 1 cm deep and 38 cm apart.