Mi­buna or mibu-greens

Bras­sica rapa var japon­ica ‘Mi­buna’

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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.

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