MITSUBA MASHIMORI ~ delicious lobed leaves with nutty overtones and tasty stems too 20 seeds
SOW & GROW: in spring or in the autumn, starting the seeds in modules in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse or on a window sill. Transplant at the 2/3 leaf stage to their final growing position – they are happy in a moist shady position under trees or by a north facing wall. Harvest the leaves and stems as soon as the plants are large enough. You can continue to harvest into the winter months. Mitsuba can tolerate temperatures down to minus 10°C for short periods but is not winter hardy throughout Britain. Mitsuba will grow in the summer too but is inclined to bolt.
EAT: add the young leaves and seedlings to salads or use as a garnish for soups. Pop mature leaves and stems into rice, fish or egg dishes at, or just before, serving