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Mizuna 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.
Mizuna is available in the late winter through spring.
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.
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.
Recipes that include Mizuna. One is easiest, three is harder.
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