Mustard: The Greatest Among The Herbs

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

Mustard plants , Grass Varieties have been used for thousands of years for their pungent flavour in condiments, spicy greens , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way for side dishes and salads, , Park Benches and in traditional folk medicine and Chinese herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments. The name mustard comes from the Latin mustum ardens, or "burning must." It was so named because as the seeds , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It were pounded with unfermented grape juice, or must, their pungent qualities developed, hence "burning." Mustards seeds , Enjoy Creating and Growing a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family are mentioned in ancient Sanskrit writings dating back about 5,000 years ago and the Bible calls , How To Plan A Garden mustard "the greatest among the herbs. , Mustard: The Greatest Among The s " Valued for their intense flavours and healing properties, , Park Benches mustard seed , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate and the plant , Basil - the Queen of Herbs itself have been grown for its beautiful , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping yellow flowers , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up and spicy seedling leaves. Members of the Brassicaceae family, mustard is a cruciferous vegetable , How to Extend Your Living Space Outdoors - Working with Color related to cabbage, Brussel sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, horseradish, cress, and broccoli with the attendant phytochemicals properties. , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success

Mustard is categorised as a food, , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse medicine, spice, and condiment. White , Building A Foot Bridge mustard (Sinapis alba) also known as yellow mustard is a native of North Africa, central Asia, and the Mediterranean. This is the mustard that is used extensively in the production of American prepared mustards, as it is the least pungent. Brown mustard (Brassica juncea) is native to Asia and is the seed , Tips for Choosing a Chiminea for Your Backyard or Patio used to prepare specialty mustards such as Dijon. Canada is the world's largest exporter of mustard seed , Pruning Trees and among the top five producers in the world. Saskatchewan produces over 80% of the domestic , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense total and the brown mustard seed , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It used for Dijon mustard comes from Saskatchewan.

Mustard seeds , Flower Gifts contain many healing properties , Pruning Trees and have been used for centuries by Chinese herbalists to treat abscesses, bronchitis, colds, , Flower Gifts rheumatism, toothache, ulcers, and stomach disorders. They are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, phosphorous, and a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Mustard seeds , Basil - the Queen of Herbs have been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer. Mustard plasters are still being used today to treat rheumatism, arthritis, chest congestion, aching back, and sore muscles. To make a mustard plaster, mix equal parts powered mustard and wheat flour, dilute the mixture with sufficient cold water , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It to achieve a soft paste. Spread on a clean cloth such as cotton flannel, linen, or several layers of muslin. Remember that mustard is a hot herb , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts and contact with the skin may cause blistering and should be avoided. Leave on for approximately 15 minutes. If the patient complains at any time during treatment, remove the plaster immediately. After the plaster is removed, bathe the treated area with cool (not cold) water , Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These to stop the burn. Dry the area and finish up with a dusting of baby powder or cornstarch to soothe the skin.

Mustard greens , How to Rid that Lawn of Thatch! are the leaves of the mustard plant , Resin Patio Furniture - Robust Furniture Ranges For Outdoor Areas Brassica juncea. Mustard greens , Gardening - Schefflera Care originated in the Himalayan region of India and have been grown and consumed for more than 5,000 years. All young mustard leaves can be used for mustard greens, , How to Read a Seed Catalog however Chinese mustards or mustard greens , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up (Brassica juncea var. rugosa), broad-leaved mustard greens, , Solar Garden Lights or (Brassica juncea var. foliosa), thin-leaved mustard greens, , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It are the best mustards for greens. , Container Gardening Is For Everyone These varieties are also known as gai choy, Indian mustard, leaf mustard, mustard cabbage, Bamboo , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last mustard cabbage, and Sow cabbage. Mustard greens , Marvellous May Plant Colour are a staple vegetable , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens in many cultures around the world. They are used much as spinach, dandelion, or beet greens , How to Grow Organic Roses are used (see recipe for Sautéed Mustard Greens).

Mustard greens , Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. They also contain vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, niacin, vitamin A, and are an excellent source of phytochemicals thought to prevent cancer. In Chinese herbal medicine, mustard greens , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success are used to treat bladder inflammations and to stop hemorrhage. Eating mustard greens , Marble Mosaic Art is thought to offer great benefit to individuals suffering from conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money to menopausal symptoms.

Mustards are annuals , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success and grow , Marvellous May Plant Colour from 2-4 feet (60-120 cm) tall. The flowers , Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These produced are yellow and the white , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way mustard flowers , Gardening - Schefflera Care have a slight vanilla scent. They are known as cruciferous plants , Marvellous May Colour because they have four-petaled flowers, , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture Look Awesome With Patio Chair Cushions two long and two short that resemble a cross. Both mustards have pungent-flavoured, broad, dark green, , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local house jagged with irregularly cut lower leaves. Mustard is a cool season , Flower Gifts crop and bolts quickly in warm weather. , Tips for Choosing a Chiminea for Your Backyard or Patio

Mustards can be started indoors , Orchid Flowers or planted directly into the soil , Park Benches in early spring. , How To Plan A Garden If you are starting mustards indoors, , Marble Mosaic Art adequate light , Marble Mosaic Art is essential. Hang lights , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? 3 inches (7.5 cm) above the seedlings and leave lights , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts on for 16 hours a day. They prefer a rich, moist, well-prepared soil , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate with adequate drainage. Plant , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 14) CO2 seeds at a depth of ¼ inch (6 mm) and follow directions on the seed , Backyard Ponds packet. They grow , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last best in full sun , Orchid Flowers and need to be kept moist during the growing season. , Park Benches Space mustards 6 inches (15 cm) apart. Harvest your mustard plants , How to Read a Seed Catalog for greens , How to Read a Seed Catalog when the leaves are young and tender, for cooked greens , Discount Patio Furniture - An Easy Way to Get the Best when the leaves are mature, and for seed , How to Grow Organic Roses when the seedpods take on a brownish tinge.

In the kitchen, , Marvellous May Plant Colour whole mustard seeds , The Heralded Teak Furniture Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate are used in sauerkraut, cabbage, pickles, relishes, curries, sauces, pot , Pruning Trees roasts, and to flavour meats such as lamb, pork, and rabbit. Use fresh flowers , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success as an edible garnish or cook flowers , Control Weeds Effectively In Your Garden for 2-3 minutes in boiling salted water. , Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These Drain and serve with butter and sea salt to taste. Mustard seeds , Marble Mosaic Art can be sprouted and used in salads, , Floribunda Rose 'Julia Child' sandwiches, or as a garnish. Young mustard greens , Control Weeds Effectively In Your Garden are great additions to salads , Resin Patio Furniture - Robust Furniture Ranges For Outdoor Areas and stir-fry dishes. To make your own mustard condiment, grind, crack, or crush the mustard seeds. , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts Macerate the seeds , Tips for Choosing a Chiminea for Your Backyard or Patio in wine, vinegar, or water. , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts Make sure the liquid is cold , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success as this causes the chemical reaction that releases the heat , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up and pungency of the seed. , Gardening - Schefflera Care Grind them into a smooth paste, adding herbs , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money and spices such as tarragon, horseradish, crushed hot , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It peppers, turmeric, garlic, pepper, , Container Gardening Is For Everyone paprika, ginger, or hot , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense pepper sauce. Additional options are honey, dark ale, beer, whiskey, wine, wine vinegar, Scotch, or brown sugar. Fruit , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money mustards are made with lemon, lime, orange, or berries. (If you don't want to bother with grinding your own seed, , Building A Foot Bridge start with mustard powder or use your favourite prepared mustard and add whatever additions you like.) Prepared mustard is used in vinaigrettes, marinades for meats, poultry, and seafood, mayonnaise, salad , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It dressings, sauces, soups, and stews (see recipe for Basic Mustard.) Prepared mustards get their intense yellow colour , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money from the addition of turmeric.

Basic Mustard

½ cup (125 mL) ground mustard seeds

¼ cup (50 mL) ice cold , How To Plan A Garden water

¼ cup (50 mL) vinegar (white, wine, cider)

2 Tbsp. (30 mL) sugar (to taste)

Grind, crush, or crack mustard seeds. , Container Gardening Is For Everyone Add the water , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success to the ground mustard and stir. Let sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, then add remaining ingredients and blend. If you wish, add herbs , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 14) CO2 or substitute wine for some of the vinegar. Pour into sterilised jars to seal. Refrigerate mustard.

Sautéed Mustard Greens

½ tsp. (2 mL) olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

1 lg. bunch mustard greens

Wash mustard greens , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts well, dry, and remove coarse stems. Chop stems into small pieces and leaves into 3 inch (7.5 cm) pieces. In a large skillet, heat , Control Weeds Effectively In Your Garden olive oil on medium, add onions and garlic and stir-fry until onions are wilted. Add stem pieces, small amount of water, , Why a Flower Bed Should Look Bare When You First Plant It and place , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success lid on skillet. Cook for a few minutes until stems are slightly tender. Add leaves and sauté until all liquid has evaporated and greens , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens are tender. Season , Solar Garden Lights with sea salt or soya sauce and serve immediately.

This recipe can be used for other greens , Vegetable Garden Layout such as spinach, Swiss chard, dandelions, and beets.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , The First-Time Vegetable er -- Some Pathways to Success consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , How to Read a Seed Catalog Of Peace "“ Gardening , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 For The Soil, , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 Gardening , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture Look Awesome With Patio Chair Cushions For The Soul. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Fundamentals where you will find lots of free information , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? about gardening , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? for the soil , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way and gardening , Discount Patio Furniture - An Easy Way to Get the Best for the soul. To find out more about the book and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca Gwen Nyhus Stewart © 2004 "“ 2005. All rights reserved.

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