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Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Tuesday, 6th January 2009


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MIZUNA’S jagged leaves are often found in supermarket green salads. They’ve got a mustard flavour while the smooth-edged leaves of the similarly named mibuna have a more peppery taste. You can sow mizuna along with mibuna and rocket in a sunny windowbox to use as cut-and-come-again baby salad leaves or grow them in the garden on their own to harvest as a leaf to add to stir-frys.


Like the winter cabbage that I drew yesterday, this potted seedling has been growing in the greenhouse without any attention for the last month or two.

Mizuna Brassica rapa
also known as Chinese Cabbage