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. Best 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 indoors in flats with good potting soil early spring through late fall. Transplant into the garden to 6” centers, about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. May also be direct sown. Gets very spicy in summers heat. Also a good choice for winter gardens in our area.

Seed Savings

Collect seeds from 20 or more plants when seedheads are dry. Place seed stalks on a tarp, dance to thresh. Collect seeds and winnow to clean. Isolate from other Brassica juncea by 1⁄2 mile.

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