Depending on the climatic conditions, this leafy vegetable is grown as an annual or biennial crop. Mizuna lettuce has dark green serrated leaves that form a rosette with a diameter of up to 45 centimeters and a height of about 23 centimeters. Mizuna is not only tasty and healthy, but also a very decorative plant, so it can be grown as a border of flower beds or in blocks.
It is easy to adapt
Mizuna, also called Japanese mustard, is a very adaptable plant, it tolerates both heat and frost well. We can sow it during the entire growing season. It has good resistance to flowering, which is not quite common in leafy vegetables. Thanks to this, we can sow mizuna in seed containers, on seed beds and directly on a permanent site. An extraordinary winter harvest can be obtained by sowing at the end of summer and then planting in protected areas.
Small or large?
If we want to collect small young plants, we sow in a 10-centimeter clip. If we want to collect large plants, a clip of up to 45 centimeters is suitable. If we grow mizuna for harvesting in the phase of young plants, it is suitable for cultivation together with slow-growing species. As a leafy vegetable, mizuna ripens approximately 10 weeks after sowing. It can be harvested at any stage of growth. The leaves of young plants are already grown in two or three weeks. The plants are strong and quickly sprout new shoots after the first harvest. Because of these properties, mizuna was one of the few plants that was also grown on the International Space Station.
What about her in the kitchen
Mizuna leafy greens are eaten cooked or raw when the young tender leaves are harvested. We consume it in moderation, in larger quantities it can accelerate the formation of kidney stones or affect the effect of blood-thinning drugs. Mizuna looks like arugula and tastes like a mixture of arugula and mustard. It is suitable for fresh vegetable salads or cooked in soups, pasta sauces, and as a side dish for pizza or meat and egg dishes. Mizuna has a high content of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in antioxidants. It benefits the health of bones, blood and eyes. It supports immunity and the anti-cancer effects of this salad are also being investigated.