White Mustard: Now that I have it, what do I do with it?




Nutritional and General Info: This plant is considered invasive in some regions. Make sure you harvest in an area that has not been treated. Oil obtained from white mustard is on the horizon and slated to be a potential biofuel resource. As it turns out, white mustard has high concentrations of amino acids.


Warnings: White mustard contains erucic acid.


Toxic Look Alikes: None identified.


USDA Zone: 5 through 9


Edible Parts: Leaves, Roots, Flowers, Seeds


What do you do with white mustard leaves?

  1. Wash and soak before use.

  2. White mustard leaves can be cooked like spinach (steamed, boiled).

  3. White mustard leaves are incredibly bitter and must be blanched.

  4. Younger white mustard leaves can be eaten raw.


What do you do with white mustard seeds?

  1. Each plant can produce up to 500 seeds

  2. The seeds typically fall off at maturity.

  3. Collect the stalks, hang upside down in a paper bag.

  4. Grind into paste for mustard recipes

  5. White mustard seeds can be eaten raw

  6. White mustard seeds can be toasted and added to salads.


What do you do with white mustard flowers?

  1. Wash and soak prior to use.

  2. Use in small quantities due to powerful taste.

  3. Grind petals into paste, use in mustard recipes


What do you do with white mustard roots?

  1. Remove dirt and debris, soak for 30 minutes.

  2. Chop into pieces.

  3. Grind into paste (You can also use a shredder.)

  4. Use as a horseradish substitute







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