Mustard, Frizzy Lizzy (Organic)
Brassica juncea. 20 days baby, 40 days full.
At this point in our farming careers, it takes a lot for a spicy mustard to impress us enough to add it to the catalog. Frizzy Lizzy did just that – in the winter of 2014 (lows to 5°F), we trialed ten B. juncea mustards in a very low-light, poorly drained section of our field. Frizzy Lizzy is the only one that survived. Perhaps its skeletal leaf shape has something to do with it. Maybe it’s because it’s especially dark red, which seems correlated to winter hardiness. Or maybe it just got lucky. Whatever the case, we were impressed enough to decide to plant it for a seed crop the following year. Excellent as a baby green, it adds a good spicy element, lovely color, and some bulk to salads.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow in pots indoors February through May or August through September. Transplant 3-4 weeks after sprouting. May also be direct sown in early spring or late summer. Hot weather may cause premature bolting and/ or extra spicy flavor. Succession sow to extend harvest. Flowers are edible.
Collect seeds from overwintered or early spring sown plants, selecting for slowest bolting. Cut seed heads when pods are dry, thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species by ½ mile.