Black mustard is a plant in the cabbage family. it is usually grown for its seeds, which are used as a spice or to produce cooking oil.
Basic information and facts
Probably originates from the Mediterranean region of Europe.
Common in South Asia.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Black mustard is an annual plant.
The small seeds are hard and vary in color from dark brown to black. They have a diamter of about 1 mm.
Climate and weather:
From 60 to 240 cm tall.
Black mustard is grown from seed.
The seeds are used as a spice or to produce oil which is used for cooking. Seeds can also be used to make mustard or piccalilli. Also the shoots and leaves of the plant are edible and can be eaten cooked as a vegetable.
Proverbs and Quotes
- It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth. (Bible, Mark 4:31)
- As keen as mustard (= very enthusiastic)
- Mustard after the meal. (Dutch proverb)