Grow.Bar Organic Seed.Kit® - Purple Mizuna & Tatsoi
Purple Mizuna microgreens is a fancy (and fun) name for what you might know better as just small mustard greens. Mustard that you put on sandwiches or hot dogs is a condiment created from mustard seed. However, mustard greens offer a variety of health benefits and delicious flavors as well.
Originally grown in ancient China and Japan, these greens come in many varieties (like purple mizuna) and have been grown, harvested and consumed for centuries. The name Mizuna itself comes from the Japanese word "mizu", meaning water, and "nu", meaning mustard (Onlyfoods.net). The leaves offer a bitter taste, less sharp than arugula, and a tangy mustard flavor less intense than the adult Asian mustard greens.
U.S. research has found that Mizuna (scientifically known as a Brassica) is a super-antioxidant as well, and that the leaves contains compounds like sulfurophane (a powerful antioxidant). The plant also contains other powerful antioxidants known as glucosinolates, that when incorporated into daily diets can help reduce the risk of cancer. And tatsoi specifically has more more vitamin C than oranges! (healwithfood.org) Although they be tiny, these mustards are mighty!
Our Organic Tatsoi (Asian Mustard) and our Organic Purple Mizuna Seed Kits® comes with 100% organic seeds, fertilizer and other grow media, making it simple to have year round access to these awesome mustard microgreens. They are most often mixed into salads (like Mesclun) and the young leaves taste best consumed raw. You can garnish soups with the tasty greens, or even add a snappy punch to any sandwich recipe. Check out our recipe below for a quick and easy smoothie you can mix up every morning.
Grow.Bar® Recipe - Kiwi, Apple, Banana & Mizuna Smoothie
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 apple (red variety)
- 1/2 kiwi
- 1/4 cup Grow.Bar Purple Mizuna or Tatsoi Microgreens
- 1/2 (or less) water
- Peel the banana and cut into small pieces.
- Peel the kiwi and cut in half.
- Peel the apple and slice into small pieces.
- Wash Grow.Bar mizuna microgreens and remove any extra long stems.
- Place apple, kiwi, banana and mizuna into blender or food processor, add water and mix until smooth!
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