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Mesclun Greens

 Mesclun Greens - Vegetable

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P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 5-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions

Mesclun greens are valued for their colour, variety, nutritional punch and mix of flavours. Salad mesclun is a mix comprised of the young, tender new leaves of several greens species. Often called spring mix, the leaves are rich in vitamins and their colour and form add interest to salads. The salad mix is an essential culinary ingredient for the keen home chef. Growing mesclun in the garden affords a healthful, convenient and cost saving way to enjoy these greens.

Growing mesclun

The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day, so the plants aren’t exposed to the hot sun straight away. Always water plants well before and after planting. Find a full sun, sheltered position to plant and space at least two hand spaces apart, to ensure the crops can fully mature and are not fighting for space, fertiliser and water. 

Nutritional and health benefits

Calories

Mesclun greens and romaine lettuce are both foods with a low energy density, which means they have a low calorie content compared to serving size. A 1-cup serving of mesclun greens contains just 10 calories, and the same size serving of shredded romaine lettuce contains 8 calories. These low energy density greens make a good choice when trying to limit your calorie intake for weight loss.

Macronutrients

The macronutrients in a food item include its carbohydrate, protein and fat content. Both lettuces are fat-free and not a significant source of either carbohydrates or protein. A 1-cup serving of mesclun greens contains 2 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein, while the same size serving of shredded romaine lettuce contains 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 0.6 grams of protein.

Vitamins

Mesclun greens and romaine lettuce can help you meet some of your daily vitamin needs. Mesclun greens are a better source of vitamin C, and romaine lettuce is a better source of vitamin A. A 1-cup serving of mesclun greens meets 5 percent of your daily value for vitamin C and 30 percent of your daily value for vitamin A, while the same size serving of shredded romaine lettuce meets 3 percent of your daily value for vitamin C and 81 percent of your daily value for vitamin A. The percent daily value is a guide developed by the Food and Drug Administration to help you find healthy foods and is based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults. As antioxidants, both vitamin A and C protect your cells from free-radical damage, lowering your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Minerals

Although not significantly high in minerals, both lettuce greens can help you meet your daily calcium and iron needs, with mesclun greens being a slightly better source. A 1-cup serving of mesclun greens meets 4 percent of your daily value for both calcium and iron, and romaine lettuce meets 2 percent of your daily value for calcium and 3 percent of your daily value for iron. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and is necessary for bone health. Iron makes up part of the protein that transports oxygen throughout your body.

If you are going to use Mesclun to treat an existing health condition please consult with your healthcare provider first.