Mizuna is a cruciferous vegetable - a dark, leafy green packed full of vitamins and minerals. Part of the mustard green family, Mizuna is one of the milder-flavored of these frilly greens, making it a popular addition to salads and wraps. It's delicate in texture, with a slightly spicy flavor similar to arugula. Mizuna grows in both purple and green varieties. It also goes by the names Japanese mustard greens, California peppergrass, and spider mustard. It is popular in many Asian cuisines and is often in stir-frys and sautees. Packed with health benefits, Mizuna may be one of the next generations of tasty superfoods.
Mizuna, along with other leafy greens, has a generous serving of Vitamin C, responsible for helping your immune system ward off viral and bacterial infections. Although Vitamin C is often cited to help deter winter colds, it can also help improve your body's immune response to other illnesses and help with resilience for those with autoimmune disorders. Mizuna is also rich in Vitamins A and K, vital to the support of your body's health. It's especially noted for the presence of Vitamin K - difficult to get in normal diets. Mizuna contains 2.32 mg per 100 grams- exceptionally high. It is nearly triple the amount found in Swiss chard and an even higher multiple over many other common lettuces and green leaves we use as food.
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