1 Mizuna Mustard
Like old school mustard greens but with a spiky hair cut.
Ferny leaves, lime green and fresh looking through all but the coldest winters.
Mizuna looks great in a pot, in front of dark green shrubs, or with pansies. It’s a clump all winter; then later in the spring, it has tall wands of yellow flowers. We’re seeding it over and behind a bed of purple dutch iris for a spring show.
Nutty, sort of peppery taste that is great fresh (often seen in grocery store salad mix) or quickly sautéd.
2. Purple Mustard
Giant, quilted leaf variety called ‘Osaka Purple” looks almost tropical. Beautiful with blue or hot colored flowers.
Spicy in flavor, this one is excellent as a quick stir fry with garlic or cooked as traditional mustard.
These bigger red mustard can get winter damaged pretty easily, so put them in a warm spot or know you might lose them in January.
3. Arugula ‘Astro’
In fall and winter, arugula may blend into the back ground. But spring brings bouquets of beautiful tasty flowers. Leave the to go to seed and arugula will come back next year too.
The variety ‘Astro’ is said to be somewhat more mild than others.
Pepper leaves make great salad, baked onto pizza or a quick ‘wilted’ side vegetable.
4. Lettuce ‘Black Seeded Simpson’
Ok, so it’s not really an asian veggie, lettuce originated in the Middle East. Today we have so many different types, round heads, loose heads, conical heads but the easiest to grow is the very old fashioned loose leaf lettuce. These are meant to be cut young and severed as leaves.
‘Black Seeded Simpson’ was a favorite of my friend and mentor Ryan Gainey. He used it for winter cover and winter color — it’s a lovely soft chanteuse.
What can I say here? It taste like lettuce.
5. Purple Top Turnip
We use turnips to till the ground. And we sow turnips everywhere as they off-grass a nematode repelling chemical.
Delicious as a green. I love turnip root roasted with carrots and paired with a slightly sweet cream sauce or peanut sauce.
6 Russian Red Kale
Kale germinates easily and grows well in winter but really jumps in spring. Russian Red is an easy to clean and cook flat leaf kale.
In the garden, pair it with pastel pansies and soft pinks like Tulip Elizabeth Arden.
EACH ORDER CONTAINS: Five individual packets of seed. Most have about a half teaspoon of seeds. Enough for occasional eating for 3 people. But you’ll get an extra scoop of turnips because they are so good for you. Everybody needs more turnips.