Brassica rapa var. japonica
Mizuna is a Brassica vegetable and a good source of antioxidants called glucosinolates. These are said to have cytotoxic effects on cancer cells and inhibit their growth. Mizuna is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron, beta carotene, and dietary fiber. In short, this stuff is healthy!
Mizuna is versatile in the kitchen! You can use it slightly cooked in a stir-fry, pasta dish, risotto, or soup. Just don't allow it to overcook - add it a few minutes before the dish is ready and enjoy.
Sprouts in: 1 - 2 weeks
Harvest in: 5 - 6 weeks
- Please note that Mizuna is a heat-sensitive plant and grows best when the temperature is between 18 - 22°C / 64-72 °F. Higher temperatures inhibit germination and promote bolting.
- Mizuna is a fast-growing plant pod. If it ages more than six weeks, it may lose some of its nutritional value and signature flavor. No need to thin, allow all seedlings to thrive!
- You may start harvesting single leaves approximately three to four weeks after planting. Alternatively, harvest the whole plant after five weeks of growth - it's up to you.
- Mizuna was chosen as a test vegetable to be grown in space as part of an experiment on the International Space Station. You can also grow it at any location you like!