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Komatsuna, Japanese Spinach

Komatsuna, Brassica rapa var. perviridis

A green leafy vegetable originating in Sakura, Japan.  It is also known as Japanese Spinach and Japanese Mustard Spinach, tender green or mizuna. Additionally it is also called Horenso in Japanese. It got its name from Japan’s Komatsugawa district.  Komatsuna is a staple in Japan.

It is a leafy form of wild turnip and is evolved from Pak choi or Chinese cabbage. It is related to Bok choy and Rapini.

Kale, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and Broccoli. 

It can be grown year ‘round, its peak season being fall through spring. It does not thrive in extreme heat or cold.

The young plants have dark green leaves that are somewhat round. The mature plants have dark green leaves with slender light stalks that grow to about 12” tall and 7“wide.

The leaves are highly edible at any phase of the growth of the plant. Young leaves are nice raw in salad and blended with other greens. The mature leaves are a tasty addition to soups, stews, stir fries and vegetable sautees, especially when seasoned with ginger, garlic and scallions. It is a great accompaniment to fish. It is also good pickled.

Health & Medicinal Benefits:

Komatsuna is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

It is high in vitamin C and thus supportive to the immune system.

It can help prevent premature aging and slow down the aging process due to its vitamin K content, which also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Vitamin K supports blood clotting and iron absorption as well.

Good skeletal and Dental health are also attributed to vitamin K’s role in facilitating calcium absorption.

As a result of it beta carotene and lutein content Komatsuna protects the eyes from UV rays, and age related degeneration of the eyes, such as Macular degeneration and thus helping to prevent blindness.

High in antioxidants, it can help the body to prevent damaging free radicals from causing Cancer.

The high folic acid content of Komatsuna supports a healthy heart, reducing the risk of heart attack and other heart disease such as atherosclerosis.

The Magnesium content is beneficial in supporting blood sugar balance to prevent Diabetes and its complications.

The high iron content supports the blood circulation, which also improves the performance of the heart. This fortifies the body against Anemia.

Rich in fiber, Komatsuna supports healthy digestion and regularity. Timely absorption and assimilation of nutrients is important to minimizing toxins that form in the body.

There are no known health cautions for Komatsuna.  It is merely a super healthy food that adds color, texture and good taste to dishes raw and cooked.

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