Not a large tree native to North America, a tall person with ginger hair or even a star that has exhausted its supply of hydrogen and switched to thermonuclear fusion in a shell surrounding the core. Although easy to get them mixed up, this Giant Red is a salad leaf.
With a strong mustard flavour its beautiful purple ruffled leaves pack some punch, we pick them young so the flavour doesn’t get too much and if we don’t keep on top of them they can get rather out of control as you can see from the picture below.
An Oriental Brassica, this tasty leaf likes the cool weather so we grow it in autumn, winter and spring. A real favourite amongst the Veg Men, especially Sam.
By the way, it’s reckoned we have around five billion years until our sun uses up its supply of hydrogen, so it’s probably best to hurry up and try some Giant Red before we can’t grow it any more.