Chijimisai is a hybrid Asian green that’s packed with nutrients. It’s easy to grow, easy to cook and tastes similar to spinach! Here’s everything you need to know about this fun shriveled green.
Chijimisai is a Japanese green from the brassica family.
Chijimisai is actually a cross between Tatsoi (another Asian green) and Komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach).
Its name translates to shriveled leafy greens, because this mild mustard green looks a bit like wrinkly spinach! The plant’s dark green leaves have a velvety texture with a light umami flavor.
Chijimisai is great for stir fries, soups and even juicing.
And it’s incredibly nutritious, full of vitamin K, C and A. In fact, chijimisai has about 4x as much vitamin A as carrots do!
How to Grow Chijimisai
Chijimisai is very easy to grow, like most Asian greens.
It matures in about 55 days and unlike spinach, the plant has a long harvest window. Chijimisai is much more heat tolerant and pest resistant than other mustard greens.
Because it doesn’t bolt at the first sign of hot weather, you can continue to harvest chijimisai all year round in most growing zones.
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Chijimisai Grow Guide
|Botanical Name||Brassica rapa|
|Mature Size||inches tall|
|Days to Harvest||55 days from seed|
|Light||Partial sun, shade|
|Soil Type||Rich, well draining soil|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic to Neutral (6.0 – 7.5)|
|Hardiness Zones||USA Zones 4-7|
|Pests||Slugs, snails, beetles|
Growing Chijimisai Hydroponically
Chijimisai was incredibly easy to grow, similar to baby bok choi and tatsoi!
I usually plant 1 seed per pod, so that the chijimisai has enough room to grow outwards like a blooming flower.
It sprouts very quickly.
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How to Harvest Chijimisai
Chijimisai is meant to be harvested one time, once the plant is full grown.
What to Look for When Buying Chijimisai
Look for dark green leaves with firm stems. Avoid any wilted or yellowing leaves.
How to Store Chijimisai
To store chijimisai for as long as possible, wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel and place it in a plastic bag. Store it in the crisper draw of your fridge and it should last for 3 to 5 days.
If you bought a whole head of chijimisai from the grocery store, separate the leaves, wash it well and then again store the leaves in a damp paper towel in a plastic bag in the fridge.
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How to Cook Chijimisai
Chijimisai is a tasty green – it doesn’t have that overly ‘chlorophyll’ taste but a more mild mustardy light flavor.
The leaves have a nice firm texture, so it’s great to add in soups and stews. Or, simply stir fry it with some salt and pepper, or a soy sauce mixture.
You can even juice chijimisai!
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