Native to Japan, this delicate, feathery salad green is related
. The vegetable has long, smooth, green leaves and a
spicy, exotic, wild mustard
flavor. Often found in mesclun
, a special
green-salad mix, it's also great cooked until lightly wilted. Mizuna is
also called siu cai
Mizuna is available as a mature green or in a baby version that is smaller and more tender.
Most readily available in early
spring to late summer, mizuna can be found in farmer's markets, specialty produce markets and
well-stocked grocery stores. Look for crisp, green leaves, avoiding any that
are wilting or beginning to brown.
Wrap in plastic and store in your refrigerator's vegetable drawer. It will keep four to five days.
• Wash and thoroughly dry just before using.
• Use to complement other greens (especially Red Asian mustard) in mixed salads.
Try one of our favorite mizuna recipes:
Greens with Melon and Crunchy Vegetables
Sake-Steamed Shrimp with Steamed Mizuna
View BigOven's mizuna recipes