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Mustard greens are the leaves of the mustard plant, Brassica juncea. They prefers cool weather and full sun, and are fast growers.

Spunky and soulful describe the taste of mustard greens that add a pungent, peppery flavor to recipes in which they are featured.

DetailsEdit

  • Species: Brassica juncea, also known as mustard greens, Indian mustard, Chinese mustard, and leaf mustard
  • Depth to sow seed: Cover seed with soil
  • Days to sprout:
  • Days to maturity: 35-42
  • Harvesting period (days): 56-210
  • Seed Kit: Mesclun Salad Mix
  • Compatible with Aerogarden? Yes

TestamonialsEdit

Aerogarden CompatibilityEdit

This post seems to show successful mustard greens: http://www.aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/amaranth-and-more-greens

It's also available in a Seed Kit: Mesclun Salad Mix

Cultivation and CareEdit

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Preparing Mustard GreensEdit

For basic mustard green preparation, wash the leaves and fold in half with the top of the green folded inward. Cut along the stem and remove. Or, if you plan to cook the greens for a long time, such as when using them in soup, you can keep the leaves intact with their center stem.

The easiest way to clean the leaves is the same way you would clean spinach: place the mustard greens in a large bowl of tepid water and swish them around with your hands. This will allow any sand or dirt to become dislodged. Remove the greens from the water, empty the bowl, refill with clean water and repeat this process until no sand or dirt remains in the water (usually two or three times will do the trick).

A Few Quick Serving IdeasEdit

  • Young mustard greens make great additions to salads.
  • Serve healthy sautéed mustard greens with walnuts and lemon juice.
  • Adding chopped mustard greens to a pasta salad gives it a little kick. A favorite combinations is chopped tomatoes, pine nuts, goat cheese, pasta and mustard greens tossed with a little olive oil.
  • For a simple meal with a southern flair, serve cooked mustard greens with beans and rice.
  • Healthy sauté mustard greens, sweet potatoes and tempeh and serve alongside your favorite grain.

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