Brassica rapa var. perviridis
Komatsuna seeds grow into delicious mustard spinach.
Sometimes referred to as Japanese mustard spinach, it is milder than the average mustard leaf, yet this variety with its white stems and thick leaves is filled with goodness and the delicious mustard taste without the spicy reputation.
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Why it's special:
- Komatsuna is very hardy and stands well in the harshest of weather.
- Extremely high in vitamins and good minerals.
- Can be grown to full maturity or as a micro-green for salad toppers.
when to sow
when to harvest
Even though it is one of Japan's most loved vegetables, in the Western world it is one of the least known of all oriental greens.
Well, step aside Pak Choi - Komatsuna arrives with a lovely interesting taste: sweet, slightly sour and very tender. The mild flavour is a happy compromise between the blandness of cabbage and the sharpness of most of oriental mustards. The common name of Mustard Spinach can be rather confusing, it is not at all pungent and has a very mild brassica flavour.
Komatsuna does not make full hearts but matures to make lovely roundish emerald green leaves that sit atop perfectly juicy stems. This leafy green is the Japanese equivalent of our Spring Cabbage; the leaves are great in salads or simply cooked as you would spinach. Stir fry or steam as an easily prepared and very tasty and nutritious leafy vegetable.
In The Records
'Komatsuna' means 'greens of Komatsu' in Japanese, after the village of Komatsugawa, Tokyo, where it grew. Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth shogun, named it when he was served it for lunch at a local shrine whilst visiting the area.
|Features||Grow your own, microgreen, perfect for pots, unusual variety and looks after itself|
|Locations||Balconies, terraces, containers and garden beds|
|Effort Level||Looks after itself|
|Botanical Name||Brassica rapa var. perviridis|
|Other Names||Mustard spinach, Japanese mustard spinach and Tender greens.|
|Pot Size||50 cm|
|Pet/Baby Safe||Known to be toxic to dogs and cats.|
|Number of Seeds||300|
|Sowing Tips||Sow into small holes on firm prepared soil. Cover and keep consistently well watered.|
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