(Brassica juncea) Mustard is an annual plant native to southern and eastern Asia. A sure-fire hit in your spring and fall gardens, it is pleasing to the eye and exciting to the palette. These flavorful greens are so easy and rewarding to grow! The leaves, stems, seeds and flowers are all edible and can be enjoyed fresh, steamed, sauted or in soups. Mustard doubles as a green manure cover crop! Mustard is tolerant of heat and frost but is best planted in cool spring or fall conditions. Ideal germination temperature is 75-80F. Seeds germinate in 10-14 days. Sow in place, ¼ inch deep, 12 inches apart. Mustard prefers rich soil. It is great as a ‘cut and come again’ green, or harvest the entire plant.
We are excited to offer this old, traditional komatsuna strain from Tokyo, Japan. Since it makes such a perfect spinach substitute, it’s hard to believe that Komatsuna is actually a mustard! The leaves combine the best qualities of spinach and mustard, with a mild and sweet flavor reminiscent of spinach but with the immensely powerful nutrition of a mustard! Frequently referred to as one of the “most underrated” leafy greens, Komatsuna is simply mouth watering. This leafy green is incredibly delicious, mild and tender. It holds superfood status in its native Japan, and in some studies it contained nearly twice as much calcium as whole milk per 100 grams! The leaves are also super high in beta carotene, as well as vitamins A, C and K. Komatsuna has been revered in Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean cuisine as a mouth-watering veggie for many years, and in America chefs and nutritionally minded foodies have identified it as a delicious, juicy and health-promoting green. Let the culinary experimentation begin!
One of the most beautiful greens with delectable, sweet flavor. This lobed, purple colored mustard has a vibrant magenta violet on the petioles and the veins, creating a bold contrast. The result is a super beautiful market-quality green, and the flavor is tres gourmet! The leaves become a deeper shade of plum with cold weather. A cool-season variety, excellent for season extension and fall gardens. A wonderful Asian-style mustard from Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds.