Brassica oleracea var. capitata
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Saku Saku Details
70-75 days to maturity from transplanting
- Direct seeding: sow 1–2 seeds every 6”, 1/4” deep.
- Transplanting: Sow 1-2 seeds per cell into a 72-cell tray.
- Ensure cells are completely filled to avoid air pockets.
- Sow seeds 1/4–1/2" deep and cover gently.
- Avoid pressing too firmly as compaction can cause difficulty transplanting.
- Over-watering can create a crust-like soil layer, preventing germination. Maintain soil moisture through germination.
- Once germinated, avoid watering for 7–10 days to improve root growth and stronger plant development. Then, water thoroughly to improve head size.
- Thin to one seedling per cell once established.
- Check for readiness 40–45 days after germination by gently pulling on the base of the stem to see if the soil block stays together.
- Transplant to 12" spacing, with 14–18” between rows.
- Cultivate to prevent weed competition and use best management practices for pests.
- Use of light row cover can prevent damage from flea beetles and other brassica pests.
- Approximately 65-75 days from transplant.
- Harvest at 12–14” in diameter, when heads are firm.
- Cut the base of the stalk just above ground level.
Saku Saku is wonderful when used fresh, and can be used in place of any other cabbage variety in salads and slaws. Fresh shredded Saku Saku makes a great addition to tacos, sandwiches and wraps for a bit of extra texture.
In Japan, it is common to find a mountain of julienned fresh cabbage on the plate of your deep fried favorites like tonkatsu, or Japanese pork cutlet. The light yet nutrient-dense cabbage helps to balance the flavors of fatty and meaty dishes in addition to the health benefits described above. Saku Saku can be lightly pickled or marinated to make Izakaya-style salted Saku Saku, a popular – and slightly addictive – pairing for a cold beer.
The individual leaves can also be used as wrappers for steaming and blanching fish, meats, and dumplings.
Saku Saku is an excellent source of vitamins U and C as well as isothiocyanate – a detoxifying and cancer-preventative compound found in cruciferous vegetables. It is also rich in calcium compared to other vegetables and especially leafy greens. Eating Saku Saku raw is the best way to maximize its health benefits, as the isothiocyanate and vitamins easily break down when exposed to heat, which is why it is commonly eaten raw alongside tonkatsu.