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Grow Tatsoi, A Delicious Asian Green

By Newyorkrita
January 4, 2014

Looking for something new to add to salad? Try Tatsoi Asian greens. Or serve as a quick stir-fry side dish. Steam it, stir fry it, or add it to soups. Tatsoi is versatile, pretty, and so easy to grow.

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jan 3, 2014 8:38 PM CST
I have never seen this before. Thanks for the info. Did you buy the seeds on line?
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Newyorkrita
Jan 3, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Yes, I bought seeds on line. Tiny seeds so if you buy a package you get tons of seed.
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canadanna
Jan 3, 2014 8:52 PM CST
Ok thanks. Looks like it grows more mannerly than kale.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 3, 2014 9:21 PM CST
Kale tastes terrible!
Name: Janice Hurd
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phoebesviolets
Jan 4, 2014 8:19 AM CST
Hurray! This plant was growing all over my town's community garden last summer, both in and around the raised beds! I tried to ID it via online photos, but was unable to do so definitively, even though I had guessed it was a cruciferous variety. I'm so glad to know what it is now-drove me crazy all summer Acorn ! Do you know if the seed winters over? We had an Asian couple in the community garden last summer, but they did not plant it and were unsure of the plant's identity.
Rita...kale is tasteless in smoothies, and great in stir fries. It's the seasonings that makes the difference. Also, Costco has a fairly new packaged salad in the cold produce room called "Sweet Baby Kale Salad" It is to die for--even my green food avoidant friends love it!
Thanks for this post!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 4, 2014 11:47 AM CST
I tried stir fried kale and it was from my own garden. That was the first and last year I will be growing kale. Don't like it at all.

Tatsoi will not overwinter. It should not be left to set seed so you need to plant new each year. The seeds are really tiny, like lettuce seeds but really easy to start.

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hazelnut
Jan 4, 2014 1:10 PM CST
Kale is a cold season plant. If you tried to eat it before a frost had matured the leaves it probably wouldn't taste very good.

Here is a little about harvesting kale:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4550641_harvest-kale.html

Ive found a good way to preserve kale is to dehydrate it. Then use the leaves as chips or toss them in winter stews or soups.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 4, 2014 1:18 PM CST
Yep, I ate my kale during the summer months! Hilarious!

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hazelnut
Jan 5, 2014 10:45 AM CST
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-fa...

And here's 10 kale recipes to get you started on cold weather eating. (!)
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 5, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Thanks for the thought but I am not going to plant kale again. I know it is really healthy but I will just skip it.
Name: Janice Hurd
Thompsonville Village, Ct. (Zone 6a)
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phoebesviolets
Jan 5, 2014 12:58 PM CST
Found 3 new vege recipes for me though...thanks!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jul 17, 2014 4:28 PM CST
>> Do you know if the seed winters over?

It wouldn't surprise me if it reseeds, but I haven't tried it. The plant itself is very cold hardy (or, at least, many cultivars advertise that). Someone might have let it keep going through several frosts to get some fall harvests, and then forgotten it. If it's like several other Brassicas that I "let go", it might go to seed in very early spring and then drop a TON of seeds.


I don't know how different various tatsoi varieties are from each orher, but here are a few sources:

With Kitazawa, you just have to know to ask for the small packet, which is usually $2 for a "scoop", which is often 2 grams.

Kitazawa Seeds - regular green tatsoi
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_062-78.html

Kitazawa Seeds - savoyed green tatsoi
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_350-78.html

Kitazawa Seeds - red-violet tatsoi
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_446-77.html

Evergreen Seeds
http://www.evergreenseeds.com/tahtsai.html (Tah Tsai Tatsoi)
http://www.evergreenseeds.com/baleredta.html (Korean Red Tatsoi)

Cherry Gal
http://www.cherrygal.com/asiantatsoiheirloomseeds2014-p-1471...

UK: Nicky's Nursery
http://www.nickys-nursery.co.uk/garden-shop/advanced_search_...
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 17, 2014 4:43 PM CST
Mine that I grew last year did not reseed but then I didn't let it have flowers! Hilarious!
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Jul 17, 2014 4:58 PM CST
I only ONCE got seeds on a Brassica the same year that I planted it. Usually if I'm hoping for seeds, they just hold through our mild WA coast winter and then burst into bloom and seed the next spring.

Here is a Brassica that went that way:
Spigariello Liscia
Broccolo Spigariello
Brassica oleracea var. 'Spigariello'



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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jul 18, 2014 6:59 AM CST
Chinese kale tastes alot better. I think I will try the tatsio this year. I am glad I have this reminder.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Jul 18, 2014 2:32 PM CST
When you say "Chinese kale", do you mean
gai lan = gai-ln = kailaan = Brassica oleracea (Alboglabra Group) = Chinese Broccoli ?

If so, do you eat the leaves as well as the stems?
Do you have to peel a tough layer off the stems before cooking them?

http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_chinese_broccoli_1.html
http://www.tainongseeds.com/gai-lan-jie-lan/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai-lan

Chinese Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra)

Chinese Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra 'Green Lance')
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jul 18, 2014 9:51 PM CST
I just eat the leaves and tender stems. I am not sure what variety I have. If I find the seed packet, I will let you know
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jul 19, 2014 12:19 AM CST
Thanks very much !

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