Mibuna or mibu-greens
Brassica rapa var japonica ‘Mibuna’
A more recent addition to the mizuna family is mibuna, also known as ‘mibu-greens’ after Mibu, the area in Kyoto where it has long been cultivated.
Mibuna has long, strap-like leaves, often with a rounded tip. The attractive leaves cascade out like a fountain from a central rosette. Like mizuna, the leaves are mild-flavoured, though the flavour is stronger and more distinct and develops with age. The leaves also get tougher as plants age.
While still a cold weather plant, mibuna is less adapted to extremes than mizuna and more likely to bolt from spring sowings. It seems to need slightly higher temperatures to germinate, and produces better results under cover in autumn.
Mibuna can be used in the same ways as mizuna for winter and spring salads and as a stir-fried green.
Mibuna variety Green Spray.