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Micro Mizuna is a small, delicate green, averaging 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter, and is comprised of oval to heart-shaped leaves attached to a slender stem. The pale green leaves are smooth, broad, and flat with uniform, curved edges. The leaves are also connected to a sturdy but flexible light green to white stem, contributing to the microgreen’s crisp, succulent, and tender consistency. Micro Mizuna has a mild and tangy, bitter-sweet, green flavor with subtle notes of pepper and mustard.
Micro Mizuna is available year-round.
Micro Mizuna consists of young, edible seedlings that are a part of a line of specialty microgreens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. The delicate, crisp greens are a modern version of the popular herb mizuna, or Japanese mustard, belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Micro Mizuna has a milder, less sharp flavor than the mature herb, but the microgreens provide chefs with a unique, edible garnish containing a subtly tangy, pepper-forward flavor. The greens are generally harvested 1 to 2 weeks after sowing and are used as an accent in savory dishes, especially in Asian cuisine. Micro Mizuna can be sprinkled across preparations for substantial visual impact, or individual leaves can be strategically placed on a dish to evoke a more delicate, artistic nature. In addition to being featured as a microgreen, Micro Mizuna is also offered as Petite® Mizuna, a slightly larger, more mature version of the microgreen.
Micro Mizuna is an excellent source of vitamin K to promote faster wound healing and is rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants that reduce inflammation, protect the body against environmental aggressors, and boost the immune system. The greens also contain folate to help develop genetic material, iron to produce hemoglobin, a protein that transports oxygen through the blood, and lower amounts of phosphorus, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It is important to note that the vitamins and minerals are found primarily within the leaves and not in the stems of the microgreens. Growing conditions also significantly impact the nutritional content, and Fresh Origins cultivates their microgreens in a natural setting, an ideal climate for healthy, optimal greens.
Micro Mizuna is best suited as an edible garnish for savory preparations, and the tender, crisp greens are showcased when consumed fresh, added at the end of applications to avoid wilting. The peppery microgreens can be incorporated into salads and are frequently mixed with other sharp lettuces, or they can be sprinkled over soups and stews, smashed onto toast with creamy spreads, or layered into sandwiches for a mild mustard flavor. Micro Mizuna can also be used as an edible garnish over roasted meats, grilled vegetables, and stir-fries, or the delicate greens can be scattered over pasta, risotto, and pizza. The subtly spicy, peppery notes of Micro Mizuna complement a wide variety of dishes in Asian cuisine, and the greens can be floated on top of hot pot, placed on sushi, or mixed into steamed rice. Micro Mizuna pairs well with meats, including ham, turkey, poultry, and pork, tofu, nuts such as pecans, walnuts, and almonds, celery, mushrooms, bok choy, aromatics such as Thai basil, parsley, ginger, green onions, and garlic, cream cheese, other cheeses such as goat and parmesan, apples, miso, and honey. Micro Mizuna will generally keep 5 to 7 days stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Micro Mizuna is the young version of the Japanese mustard, mizuna, a peppery green widely used in Japanese cuisine. Mizuna is 1 of 41 different kinds of heirloom vegetables labeled as kyo yasai or traditional vegetables of Kyoto. Each vegetable included under this name have been grown in Japan before the Meiji Era and were traditionally cultivated in Kyoto, a city once considered the center of imperial, cultural, and Buddhist practices in Japan. When Japanese food preferences began changing in the late 20th century due to western influences, Japanese officials implemented a program to preserve, save, and encourage the continued use of ancient crops. Kyo yasai vegetables are grown under strict growing conditions, and mizuna is favored for its mustard-like flavor. In the winter, it is customary for Japanese family and friends to gather and mix mizuna into rice, pickle the greens, or stir into fish soups for added flavor.
Micro Mizuna was developed at Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California, the leading American producer of naturally grown microgreens since the mid-1990s. Fresh Origins has been using the mild, Southern California climate year-round to produce robust, healthy, and flavorful microgreens for over twenty years, and the farm closely partners with chefs to create innovative varieties with unique flavorings. Fresh Origins also has the highest level third-party-audited food safety program and is a certified member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, which follows science-based food safety practices to promote transparency and honesty in production. Today Micro Mizuna can be found through select distribution partners of Fresh Origins across the United States, including Specialty Produce, and are also found through partners in Canada.
Recipes that include Micro Mizuna. One is easiest, three is harder.