Osaka Purple Mustard

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Osaka Purple Mustard

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Osaka Purple is a Japanese mustard green with a nice spicy kick.  The leaves start dark green and change to purple as the plant matures.  A good addition to stir fry...or if you are like me, to crunch on raw to enjoy the natural spice!

Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY

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Mustard Greens

Packet sows 10 ft row. (200 seeds)

Mustard is quick growing crop. The leaves or whole plants can be harvested often in less than 40 days.  Sow for early spring greens at the last frost date, late April and into mid summer.  Mustard should be irrigated during summer growth.  Late summer plantings will flourish during cool fall into early winter.

Sow the seed in a row 20 seeds to the inch and use the thinning in a salad allowing the other plants to have more room to grow.  Seed should be covered by 1/4 inch of soil.

Mustard hotness is variety to variety and cooking will temper the heat.

Mustard seed is easy enough to save.  It is not easy to determine species and so to prevent crossing one should grow one variety to save pure seed.  Some varieties will bolt into seed the first year, otherswill have to undergo a winter vernalization to bloom.  The plump seed pods should be allowed to turn brown in the field although you can pull the plants if the pods begin to shatter or if birds begin to remove the seeds. move them onto a tarp and allow the tops to dry down.