PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Mustard

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Sinapis arvensis / Brassicaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  wild mustard, field mustard, charlock

CONDITIONS:  sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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hot/mustard

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Flowers

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RAW/COOK

Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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hot/mustard

RAW/COOK

Summer

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  Soups, Salads, Pesto. Young leaves for salads, older leaves dried or cooked as herb. Flowers can be used to flavor wine or vinegar. “Flowering stems – cooked, a pleasant, cabbage/radish flavour, they can be used as a broccoli substitute before the flowers open. The stems should be lightly steamed for no more than 5 minutes. The flowers can also be cooked as a vegetable or used as a garnish. Seed - it can be sprouted and eaten raw. A hot flavour, it can be added to salads and sandwiches. The seed can be ground into a powder and used as a food flavouring. It has a hot mustard flavour. An edible oil is obtained from the seed.” (1)

 

CAUTION:  Can cause irritation as with any hot and spicy food. Read “source” links below for cautions.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Bach. The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'Black depression', 'Melancholia' and 'Gloom'. (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Winter Cress or Yellow Rocket https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarea_vulgaris 

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  Senecio glabellus when young, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packera_glabella

 

OTHER USES:  Oil;  An edible semi-drying oil is obtained from the seed. It is also used in making soap[74] and burns well so can be used for lighting. (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Sinapis+arvensis
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/cutting-the-wild-mustard-brassica-sinapis-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinapis_arvensis
  4. http://survivalweekly.com/719/wild-mustard