Mustard is also great in curries, to spice up a vinaigrette, flavour soups and stews, crack in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle on a salad. There are so many uses!
A recipe for making seeded mustard from Mustard Green seeds can be found on my blog, Our Permaculture Life:
The latin name for Mustard Spinach, or Mustard Greens, is Brassica juncea. The plant in this film is the Green Mustard Spinach. I also have Red Mustard Spinach and Frilly Mustard Greens.
I love it in the garden. It is so lush. It also adds lots of colour, both the leaves and the flowers, and the flowers are great attractors for bees.
|Mustard Spinach flowers and immature seed pods|
Mustard spinach goes to seed quickly, but you can extend its life by harvesting the supple young shoots - they are edible like a spicy asparagus. When eventually you let some shoots mature, the flowers come and they are edible too. After that the seed pods form - the immature seedpods are edible and taste a bit like pea. Finally the seedpods mature and this is when you harvest the seeds like I demonstrate in this film.
|Large edible leaves - great raw or cooked. Young supple shoot also very edible. Flowers too - buds and blooms.|
|Giant Red Mustard Spinach looks great and the taste is as powerful as horseradish.|
|Frilly Mustard Spinach has very unusual seed stalks - a curiousity in the garden.|
|Mustard Spinach seed pods add good organic matter back into the soil. Growing a crop of mustard greens also helps to get rid of root knot nematodes.|