Mitsuba (Japanese Parsley) Plants
HERB-MITS-1-5Regular price $9.50
Mitsuba is an easy care herb with a refreshing flavour profile. It tastes similar to Celery, Parsley and Coriander, all rolled into one. You won't find this in the shops, so if you are a Japanese cuisine lover, try growing this herb at home. It loves a shady, moist spot.
Urban Bounty Mitsuba seedlings are a good sized plant that comes in a 1.5 litre pot.
What is Mitsuba?
Mitsuba (sometimes known as Japanese Parsley) is a biennial herb native to Japan. It means three leaves” in Japanese - a nod to the way the leaves grow on the tall, skinny stems. Mitsuba is perfect for an Asian cuisine garden. (You can also grow it in a pot on the patio, but expect it to be slightly smaller than if directly sown into the garden.)
How to use Mitsuba in the kitchen
This herb looks a little like flat-leaved parsley and can be used in salads, soups, stir fries and pasta. The leaves are used most often, but all parts of this herb are edible (many Japanese people use the roots as a vegetable and the sprouts in salads). Mitsuba has a fresh flavour - a little like Celery, Coriander and Parsley rolled into one!
Growing conditions - Mitsuba
Mitsuba likes moist, shady growing conditions (just like the forest floors that it originally came from). While it tolerates a little sun, it prefers shady spots (too much sun can make its leaves yellow and bitter). This herb adapts to most soil types, but thrives in rich, well draining soil. In the right conditions, it will grow to 30cm high.
This plant is not frost hardy, or drought tolerant. It dies back over winter, but will return for a second showing the following year. Mitsuba can spread. If you want to prevent it from self-seeding, cut back the blossoms before they go to seed.
Sweet Violets, Coriander and Chervil are good companion plants for Mitsuba.
Climate and Seasonal Information
Plant Mitsuba in spring (before the heat of summer hits.) This herb prefers a cooler climate.