Mizuna is a mild mustard green. Also known as Asian Mustard, its scientific name is Brassica rapa, which indicates it is related to broccoli and cabbage, with similar nutritional value.

This unique crop is of Japanese origin, but has become a familiar staple in Western kitchens. The stems and leaves are both delicious.

Mizuna is an essential component of salad mixes. It makes a fine addition to sandwiches, where it offers a fresh crunch, with a mild mustard flavor.

Mizuna also can be stir fried, or steamed. It can serve as an attractive, flavorful garnish, when snipped liberally over soups or rice dishes.