About Tokyo Bekana

January 2, 2012

About Tokyo Bekana

Not your everyday lettuce, these lesser-known greens are an oriental brassica celebrated for their quick germination and growth in cold temperatures. They are the Japanese version of the Small Chinese Cabbage and are often harvested young as micro greens. In appearance they somewhat resemble lettuce with bright green frilly leaves and pale stems, but their taste is more akin to spinach, though perhaps slightly more bitter. Outside of Asia, this green is typically used for salad leaves. But, similar to Pak Choi or Bok Choy, it can also be stir-fried for a tasty, wilted green, or added to soups!

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