How To Grow Mizuna And Their Benefits

Mizuna is a leafy vegetable that matures in just 40 days and has a light cabbage, peppery flavour. Native to Japan mizuna can be used in many salads, stir-fry, soup, stew, and vegetable dishes. Belonging to the mustard family, there are around 16 varieties of mizuna. In this article, we will share how to grow mizuna, the nutrients, and health benefits that this leafy green has to offer.

How To Grow Mizuna

Sow mizuna directly outdoor from late-spring to early Autumn. Grow mizuna in container/pots, or open soil in full sun, but hate extremely hot weather. Sow around 1cm deep in individual pot or 20-25cm(8-10in). Sow in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.

Water regularly especially in dry spells, and keep the soil evenly moist. Chemical fertiliser is not needed, if you want the best results, grow in compost or manure. Harvest mizuna 6-8 weeks after sowing.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Mizuna contains many beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals, calcium, and iron. They also contain many antioxidants and offer many health benefits. For example, they may protect eye health, helps fight and reduce various cancer, improves blood flow and promotes healing, strengthens bones, and support the immune system.

Mizuna is easy to add to your diet, just cut off a couple of leaves and enjoy them raw, or chuck in a bowl of fresh greens salad. You can also enjoy the cooked in stir-fries, soups, stews, alongside rice, pasta, and many meat dishes.