(Brassica rapa) Members of the cabbage family, choy is a type of mustard greens native to Asia. Prone to bolt in frosty weather or summer heat, they are best in spring or fall conditions. Direct sow 1/4 inch deep, or start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost and transplant out just after last frost. Ideal germination temperature is 75-80F. Seeds germinate in 10-14 days. Space plants 12 inches apart, in moist, rich, well-draining soil.
Average 55 days to maturity. A runaway winner of the Baker Creek tasting and growing trials, this stunning new superfood contains four times as much vitamin A as carrots! It is also a great source of minerals and protein. A cross between two of the most delicious and hardy greens -- tatsoi and komatsuna -- the lightly savoyed leaves of Chijimisai have a velvety texture and lightly umami flavor that make it a remarkable spinach substitute. This innovative “new” heirloom Asian green is both heat and cold tolerant, making it suitable to grow year round in most growing zones, save for the extreme seasons of some climates. This quick and easy-to-grow green is phenomenally tasty and more versatile than other greens. It is equally happy in stir fries and soups as it is in salads, lasagna or atop pizzas. Sure to be the next culinary craze and must-have market gardeners’ green, no patch of greens should be without Chijimisai!
An Incredible Variety From China! We love this eye-catching purple baby bok choy, and we believe this is one of the best strains available. It is loaded with high levels of antioxidants with anti-aging properties as well as a sweet, rich flavor that is perfect for the wok, grill or in salads. We love the highly refined, uniform heads, averaging 6-7 inches tall. The neat little plants make a perfect presentation tucked into the tidy kitchen garden or displayed at the farmers market stand. A beautiful variety, the antioxidant-rich plum colored leaves really pop against the lime green stems. Crunchy, juicy and flavorful, this is an excellent culinary variety. Much work has been put into selecting for consistently attractive, delicious heads. A must have for market and home use. This variety also produces about three times as much vitamin A as green types we tested!