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mizuna

Pronunciation: [mih-ZOO-nuh]

Hailing from Japan, this feathery, delicate salad green can be found in farmer's markets and specialty produce markets from spring through summer. It's often found in mesclun, a special salad-green mix. Choose mizuna (also called siu cai) by its crisp, green leaves, avoiding any wilted or browning specimens. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 5 days. Wash and thoroughly dry just before using.