Very dark green-leaved komatsuna.
Similar to Summerfest but with a darker green color and a smaller plant. Better uniformity and yield than open-pollinated varieties. Good heat and cold tolerance. Traditionally used in Japan either steamed and seasoned with soy sauce, or in stir fries and soups. It is also excellent braised or, at the baby leaf stage, used in salads. Avg. 9,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 250 seeds.
CULTURE: Sow from early spring through midsummer. In the south, greens are well adapted to fall plantings. For full-sized bunching, sow 15 seeds/ft., 1/4" deep in 2" wide bands in rows 18" apart. Most varieties do not require thinning. See individual product descriptions for varieties that do. Harvest before flowering. For baby leaf, sow a 2" to 4" wide band at 60 seeds/ft. Clip young leaves when 3-6" tall.
PESTS: Flea beetles are best controlled by covering with floating row covers from day of sowing.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: For bunching: 1 oz./830′, 1 lb./13,000′ at above spacing. For baby leaf: 1 oz./210′, 1 lb./3,300′ at above spacing.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: Avg. 12,650.
PACKET: 250 seeds unless otherwise noted, sows 16′ full-size, 4′ baby leaf.