May 23rd, 2011
I’m growing Mustard Greens for the first time this year and I’m surprisingly impressed with them. Firstly, I’ve found them really easy to grow. Almost every single seed I sowed germinated and sometimes that’s half the battle – in my garden at least.
Secondly, they are very decorative and I’ve used them in two of my patterned planting schemes to great effect. Their bright green and red wine colour leaves make for a colourful injection into the sea of green at this time of year.
Thirdly, they grow quickly – almost as quick as Radish, but not quite. Which means that as a cut and come leaf they are always available. The leaves can quickly get too big and a bit chewy but I just nip the big ones off and in a day or two brand new ones appear – perfect.
I have only used them in salads and they really do taste of mustard. But you can cook them too and there are lots of yummy recipes for cooked Mustard Greens that I haven’t tried yet. All-in-all I’d say £1.50 well spent.
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