Greens of Many Colors

Although “greens” is a useful catchall term for leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, kale, etc.) some of the plants that fall into that category aren’t actually green.  Here are just a couple of purple and red “greens” I have growing right now− all beautiful plants that add color to my (otherwise very green) vegetable garden.

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So first we have this beautiful green and purple plant- possibly the prettiest plant in my garden right now. This is ‘Osaka Purple’ mustard, which I as you might guess from the name is a Japanese mustard. It’s a spicy green that can be eaten in salad mixes, but is also good cooked. I love the spicy taste of mustard greens, and planted a bunch of types this year, so will probably have more photos to post eventually.

Red Sails Lettuce 2And here we have a red green. This is ‘Red Sails’ lettuce, and it is an award-winning lettuce variety!  It’s a little hard to get excited about that, isn’t it? Lettuce pretty much tastes like lettuce. But it is pretty, so I’ll give it that. I’ve been eating this in salads.

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And this last photo is of ‘Scarlet’ kale, which started out green, but keeps getting more and more purple. This is from Seed Savers Exchange, and when I looked at the photos they have online, it looks just a little more purple than this, so we’ll see how the color changes. I’ve already been harvesting some, mostly just cutting off the lower leaves. I almost always prefer kale cooked rather than raw. We had some baked on pizza the other day and it was fantastic.

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