Whole seeds are a good addition to pickle mixes because they help prevent mold, but they only release their flavor if they are ground. The ground seeds of this plant have been combined with wine or vinegar to make a condiment since ancient times. The Romans brought the seeds with them to Gaul. The dijon style mustard has half white mustard seeds and half black (Sinapis nigra) seeds. As a condiment, mustard stimulates the digestive system. Flowers are not large but are bright yellow and very cheerful. They make a nice garnish. Seedling leaves can be eaten fresh on sandwiches. Young leaves can be eaten boiled or stir-fried, but as with many Brassicas, harvest them before the plant flowers; otherwise, they will be too pungent to eat. White mustard is a common green manure and helps repel pests and provide forage for honeybees. I am tempted to quip that this is where honey dijon comes from. :)
How to Grow White Mustard
Barely cover the seeds to germinate in 1 week at 50-60F/10-15C. Itís best to sow this directly in the ground in spring in an area with rich soil and full sun. White mustard flowers throughout the summer. The seeds occur in hairy pods that ripen in late summer/early fall. Harvest them when the pods turn yellow, just before they crack open. It gets 2ft/60 cm tall and 1ft/30cm wide. General growing info
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