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Purple Osaka Mustard

Botanical Name: Brassica juncea

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# of seeds per packet: 460

Description

20 days baby, 40 days full size. We started growing this mustard green in the early 90’s and have been enjoying it ever since! Harvested as a baby green, Purple Osaka adds welcomed color and flavor diversity to all kinds of salads. Whole plants (mature leaves and stems) are prepared as mustard greens, offering a horseradish-like kick that mellows with cooking. Purple Osaka is a good plant for permaculture: it makes an edible ground cover that re-seeds freely. Can be grown anytime throughout the growing season. Fairly cold hardy and can be harvested into the fall and with protection, early winter. Full height is 2 - 3’ when flowering. Prepare as you would any green. Great for pickling, stir-frying and steaming. Young flowering shoots make good raab (edible flowering stalks). Seed grown by Wild Garden Seed.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Mustard greens can be grown in the spring, summer, and fall, though they prefer an air temperature range of 60 - 75° . Direct sow seeds outdoors anytime April 15th - Aug. 30th. For baby greens, broadcast sow seeds ½” deep, 60 seeds per square foot. For mature leaves, sow seeds 1” apart in rows 18” apart. Days to germination: 4 - 10. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous harvest, or let them re-seed themselves to have low maintenance self-sowing, edible “weeds”. Keep well watered during hot weather. It can grow in part shade. Tolerant of light frosts.

 

Harvest:

Baby greens:  cut entire plant when 3 - 6” tall for cut-and-come-again baby greens (cut plant with scissors 1 - 2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown.) Return for several harvests. Harvest mature leaves individually as desired.  Eventually the plants will begin to “bolt” (flower) and make seed. (See Seed Saving Instructions.) 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Brassica juncea is insect pollinated and will cross-pollinate with other Brassica juncea mustards (which are not that common). Isolation distance: ½ mile. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Collect seeds from the best plants once pods have turned from green to tan but before seeds have been released. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

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Description

20 days baby, 40 days full size. We started growing this mustard green in the early 90’s and have been enjoying it ever since! Harvested as a baby green, Purple Osaka adds welcomed color and flavor diversity to all kinds of salads. Whole plants (mature leaves and stems) are prepared as mustard greens, offering a horseradish-like kick that mellows with cooking. Purple Osaka is a good plant for permaculture: it makes an edible ground cover that re-seeds freely. Can be grown anytime throughout the growing season. Fairly cold hardy and can be harvested into the fall and with protection, early winter. Full height is 2 - 3’ when flowering. Prepare as you would any green. Great for pickling, stir-frying and steaming. Young flowering shoots make good raab (edible flowering stalks). Seed grown by Wild Garden Seed.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Mustard greens can be grown in the spring, summer, and fall, though they prefer an air temperature range of 60 - 75° . Direct sow seeds outdoors anytime April 15th - Aug. 30th. For baby greens, broadcast sow seeds ½” deep, 60 seeds per square foot. For mature leaves, sow seeds 1” apart in rows 18” apart. Days to germination: 4 - 10. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous harvest, or let them re-seed themselves to have low maintenance self-sowing, edible “weeds”. Keep well watered during hot weather. It can grow in part shade. Tolerant of light frosts.

 

Harvest:

Baby greens:  cut entire plant when 3 - 6” tall for cut-and-come-again baby greens (cut plant with scissors 1 - 2" above soil level so you don’t damage the growing crown.) Return for several harvests. Harvest mature leaves individually as desired.  Eventually the plants will begin to “bolt” (flower) and make seed. (See Seed Saving Instructions.) 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Brassica juncea is insect pollinated and will cross-pollinate with other Brassica juncea mustards (which are not that common). Isolation distance: ½ mile. Minimum population size: 10 plants. Collect seeds from the best plants once pods have turned from green to tan but before seeds have been released. Clean seed as a dry-seeded crop.

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