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Red Mizuna is harvested at both the baby lettuce and mature stages, the younger leaves are more tender and milder while the older leaves offering a peppery, piquant, and mildly bitter taste with a hint of sweetness.
Red Mizuna contains vitamins A, C, and K, folate, iron, B-complex vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and manganese. Red Mizuna also has several compounds like glucosinolates, kaempferol, and anthocyanin, which is the red pigment in the leaves, that offer antioxidant benefits.
Red mizuna is suited for both raw and cooked applications. The young leaves can be used with other lettuces like spinach, arugula, chard, oak leaf and romaine to make delicious salads. The leaves can also be layered in sandwiches, pasta salads, noodle dishes, risotto, stews, or soups.