Each Mekanzou is less than two inches in length. Mekanzou offer a slightly sweet taste and tender texture when young. Older sprouts will be more fibrous and have a slightly bitter aftertaste
Miyamairakusa are tender and crisp wild edible plants whose leaves, stems and roots are all edible. Leaves are heart-shaped, toothed and hairy; stems are crisp and fibrous. The leaves and stems are covered in tiny stinging and non-stinging hairs
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This item was last sold on : 07/28/14
Mizuna is available year round with a peak season in the fall.
Mizuna, scientific name, Brassica rapa nipponosica, is a cool season Japanese mustard green that has a similar appearance as wild arugula. It belongs to the Brassica rapa family, which is constituted of field mustards and oil producing crops such as rapeseed. There are at least sixteen known varieties of Mizuna, differing in textures, colors and flavor profiles. In North America, Mizuna is considered a specialty green and thus, has limited commercial exposure outside of Asian markets and farmers markets.
Mizuna is has long, broad, serrated and deeply cut satin finished leaves with thin trailing stems that meet at its root base. Mizuna's flavors can be characterized as piquant and bright with a subtle earthiness.
The dark chlorophyll-laden green leaves of Mizuna offer most of the plant's nutrition which provide beta carotene, vitamins and minerals.
Mizuna's most appropriate use is as an ingredient within salads, yet it can also be cooked. The stalks and leaves should be separated and cooked independently due to invariably different cook times. Mizuna is a common stir fry and soup ingredient and it can be adapted to most recipes calling for mustard greens or even cabbage. More modern and atypical uses include adding the leaves as a topping to pizza, tossed into pasta, blending into a pesto and adding to a sandwich or burger. Companion ingredients include apples, pears, peaches, figs, citrus, nuts, light bodied vinegars, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, chiles, basil, mint, bacon, cream, hard aged and melting cheeses, tomatoes, zucchini and grains such as farro and wild rice.
In Japan, Mizuna is often pickled. The leafy parts are salted and chopped, then stirred into rice. Stalk pieces are steeped in salt, sugar and rice vinegar for roughly 48 hours and then served as an appetizer or small bite with cold beer.
Mizuna is native to China, though it is considered a Japanese green as it has been cultivated there for several centuries. It has been naturalized in continental Asia and in both temperate and cold-hardy climates throughout the world. It can tolerate sub-zero temperatures, extensive rain and even heat, thus it can be cultivated year round. It can be harvested within 6 weeks of sowing, another growing advantage.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Whisknladle||San Diego CA||858-551-7575|
|Ironside Inc.||San Diego CA||312-852-6308|
|Nine - Ten||San Diego CA||858-964-5400|
|Stone Brewing-Liberty Station||San Diego CA||619-269-2100|
|Juniper & Ivy||San Diego CA||858-481-3666|
Recipes that include Mizuna Lettuce. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Whole Foods Market
Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 3 days ago, 7/26/14
Spotter's comments : Mizuna Lettuce spotted at Whole Foods Market. Organic and grown in Washington!
Seijyoishii Near Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
About 169 days ago, 2/09/14
Spotter's comments : Mizuna Lettuce spotted at Seijyoishii. 1 bag for 198yen from Hiroshima! Perfect for salad!
Takashimaya Near Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
About 192 days ago, 1/17/14
Spotter's comments : Mizuna Lettuce spotted at Takashimaya. 1 pckg for 250yen from #Kyoto! Gonna use it in #salad
Nijiya Market Near San Diego, CA, United States
About 203 days ago, 1/06/14
wagamama Near Amstelveen, North Holland, Netherlands
About 403 days ago, 6/21/13
morrisons Near Dudley, United Kingdom
About 477 days ago, 4/07/13
Mack Asian Cuisine By Chans Near Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
About 549 days ago, 1/25/13
Spotter's comments : Mizuna salad with Mandarin oranges and dressing! Delicious!!