Mizpoona Salad Select
Much more cold-hardy than lettuce for winter and early-spring salads, Fast-growing, too. Leaves of this mizuna-tatsoi cross are feathery and frilled, with a mild mustard flavor. If you don't like any tang to your salad greens at all, then use these for light cooking. They make a fine braising green. I let these go wild in my garden in the fall and pick them all winter, finishing with sweet flowerstalks in spring. (Or let them flower and draw beneficial insects to fight those early aphids.) A staple for restaurants, farmers' markets, and home gardens, to keep your own salad on the table without going to the grocery store. An OSSI open-source variety bred by Frank Morton and grown by him at Shoulder-to-Shoulder Farm. 100 seeds
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