Mitsuba (Japanese Parsley) Seeds
HERB-MITS-1-1Regular price $2.20
Don't buy more seeds than you need to! Urban Bounty's Mitsuba seed packets contain approximately 100 seeds - a good amount to sprinkle in your small urban garden.
What is Mitsuba?
Mitsuba (sometimes known as Japanese Parsley) is a biennial herb native to Japan. 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!
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.
- Direct sow in early spring (after last frost) or early autumn
- Spacing: 10 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 4-5mm
- Germination: 7 - 14 days
- Harvest: 70 days
- Keep soil constantly moist but not soggy