Information on vitamin greens seems to be the number one thing people are looking for when they come to this blog. So I planted a few of my coveted seeds a few weeks before starting the variety trial to see what they were all about.
Right now my plants are at the four leaf stage, which means they are just about perfect baby size for salad mix. The picture above shows leaf number three and the beginnings of number four.
I tried a leaf and it tasted - green. That might sound anti-climatic, but vitamin greens are known for being tender greens without a strong mustard-y taste. Below is a seedling from the variety trial. You can kind of see little hairs, or spines on the edges of the leaf. I'm hoping these will disappear as the plant gets older, but I'm not sure yet. Since the days are so short now they won't be ready to harvest (and eat!) for a few more weeks.