*Edit 5/19 - When I ordered seeds earlier this spring I couldn't get any vitamin greens seeds. Johnny's batch of seeds had some noxious weed seeds in it so they couldn't sell it. I will be growing this green in the coming fall - it's still the one I'm most excited to grow!
*Edit 11/28 - I've grown some (and eaten some) vitamin green! See them here!
I think gardeners all over are giddy with excitement. It's the time of year boxes of seeds come in the mail. I got my box of seeds in their clean white envelopes last week. Tomorrow I am going to plant eleven varieties of greens. Many are species you have heard of - spinach, kale and arugula - but some I have never heard of before. So, I've done a bit of investigating.
|photo from johnnyseeds.com|
The first green, and the one I might be most excited to grow, is called vitamin green. It is in the Brassica rapa napa group which means it's a loose-headed cabbage-y type green. They are a common Japanese green that grow vigorously and are cold tolerant. The name vitamin green comes from their high vitmin A content. According to Johnny's the "tender leaves are flavorful, but not at all mustardy." On a blog I read that they are "sweet and bright with just enough bite to bring them down to earth."
I couldn't find much else about them, so it seems like measuring their growth rate (part of my next experiment) will be useful as well as tasty. If you know anything about this green let me know!