Green Amsoi originates from Africa. It is widely used in Surinamese cuisine. Hence it is also called Indian mustard. It's a loose-leaf vegetable with a spicy, slightly bitter and mustard-like taste. It therefore does not form heads, but remains loose-leaved. The leaf is quite large and very nice light green coloured. This delicious and healthy vegetable contains a lot of healthy nutrients and is very delicious in combination with meat, fish and poultry. Amsoi can be stored in the fridge for several days (3 to 4 days). It is a member of the cabbage family (Brassicae).
Green Amsoi is a very versatile and healthy vegetable that contains the following vitamins and minerals: A, B1, B2, B6, B11, B12, C, D, E and K. And minerals calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine, potassium, copper , magnesium, sodium, selenium, and zinc. Like all vegetables, it's low in fat and calories. Amsoi does contain a lot of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and dietary fiber and a lot of water. It's also a vegetable that shrinks considerably when prepared, just like spinach and endive. Green Amsoi can be cooked, fried, stir-fried, steamed, blanched, oven-cooked, used as a substitute for spinach and endive, and cut raw and finely as raw foods or salad. Use 400 grams per person to end up with 200 grams of prepared vegetables. Amsoi combines very well with beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bacon, minced meat, fish, shrimp, eggs, soy sauce, oyster sauce, pineapple, cashews and garlic. And other vegetables such as: endive, cauliflower, kale, zucchini, peas, cucumber, bell pepper, snow peas, lettuce, bean sprouts and tomatoes. Not hardy annual. Height: 30 - 50 cm.
Days till harvest
Indoor sowing: February - June
Outdoor sowing: July - September
Germination: 5 -14 days
Germination temp.: 15 - 18 °C
Sowing depth: ½ cm
Plant distance: 30 cm
Plant position: sunny
Days till harvest: 30 - 60
From February till June it's possible to sow indoors in seed trays. Sow a small amount at a time. Sow thinly and cover the seeds with a thin layer of sowing soil. Press lightly and keep moist. As soon as the first leaves emerge, transplant the young seedlings into separate pots. In May, as soon as there is no longer any risk of night frosts, the young seedlings can be planted outdoors. Keep 30 cm apart. Keep well moist and weed free. Green Amsoi needs a sunny spot and protection against snails and slugs.
Sow outdoors from mid-July till mid-September. Sow small amounts every 3 - 4 weeks for a longer harvest period. Use well-worked fine soil and sow about ½ cm deep. Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of sowing soil. Sow in rows 30 cm apart. Keep the soil well moist and free of weeds. Keep well moist especially during germination. And dry spells.
Thin out the plants gradually to 30 cm apart. Eat this thinned leaf as a salad. The leaves can be harvested later and used as a stir-fry vegetable or cut small as a leaf vegetable. Harvest the leaf when it's about 20 cm tall. Green Amsoi needs a sunny spot and protection against snails and slugs. Provide adequate fertilizer and water, especially during drought. Keep weed free.