Mustard is a plant in the cabbage family that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. Like other species in the Brassica family, mustard is harvested for its zesty-tasting leaves that are cooked and eaten as a vegetable in summer. Mustard is also grown and harvested for its seeds, which range in color and flavor sharpness depending on variety. Like peppercorns, mustard seed has a long history of use globally and remains one of the most widely traded spices in the world today. In addition to culinary use, mustard seed is used to make heat-producing poultices. Powdered mustard seed is also used as a laundry aid – it helps to break up protein-based stains, such as dried egg yolk.
Mustard Seed Yellow, 1/4lb
Yellow mustard seed is harvested from white mustard, a plant closely related to broccoli.
The small, hard, round seeds are used whole ad mixed with other seeds, herbs and spices to produce pickling seasoning. Yellow mustard seed is also briefly toasted to enhance flavor before adding to foods.