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Asian Greens

Add a touch of the exotic to your vegetable garden with Asian greens. They come in a fascinating array of colors and textures. Some have curled or rounded leaves, while others produce feathery, deeply lobed leaves. Leaf colors range, too, from deep red to light green. Flavors vary from mild to spicy, so experiment -- an easy thing to do because they're fast and easy to grow from an inexpensive packet of seeds.

Plant Asian greens in early spring or late summer so that plants will mature in cool weather.

genus name
  • Brassica_ spp.
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Vegetable
height
  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 1 to 3 feet
width
  • 6-24 inches wide
propagation

More varieties for Asian greens

Komatsuna

is an upright plant that bears medium green leaves with white stalks. Plants are ready to harvest 35 days after seeding.

'Green Spray' mibuna

features straplike leaves that add a mildy spicy flavor to salads. The plants grow 12 inches tall. 40 days

'Kyoto' mizuna

bears deeply fringed leaves that are borne on thin white leaf stalks. They add a decorative touch to the garden and mildly spicy flavor to salads. 45 days

'Red Giant' red mustard

grows 1-2 feet tall and has broad purplish-red leaves. Young leaves add zing to salads; older leaves should be cooked for best flavor. 43 days

'Florida Broadleaf' mustard greens

resemble spinach but have a snappier flavor. The plant, which matures in 45 days, is used as steamed greens.

Mustard

Mustard is a multipurpose plant. The greens are used for salads and in cooking, and the seeds are used for spices and in condiments. The seeds of different varieties yield various colors of mustard, ranging from yellow to brown. Mustard grows best in cool weather in a sunny, well-drained location.

Tatsoi

features deep green, crinkled leaves and forms a compact rosette. The spoon-shape leaves have a mild mustard flavor. Plants mature in 45 to 50 days.

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