This will produce large plants with broad lightly crinkled leaves: these develop a deeper dark red as the weather turns colder. You harvest both the leaf and stem for use in stir fry or steam them – of course they are a delightful salad ingredient too and quick as you can start to pick leaves just a few weeks after sowing. Price for 50 seeds
SOW: from spring through the summer to autumn. Starting the seeds in modules enables you to transplant at the 2/3 leaf stage; for really good crops in winter transplant under cover
GROW: this speedy crop needs just a few weeks before you can harvest leaves for salads. Allow another 6-7 weeks and you can harvest the whole plant. With regular picking the plant will be productive over a longer period.
EAT: in salads (lovely colour and flavour and also very useful to add to a range of winter leaves) or lightly cooked by steaming or in a stir fry.