Mustard Seed Yellow (ground)
Many spice blends would be incomplete without this much used and ancient spice. Mustard is an annual herb which has been used since the earliest recorded history. An ingredient in the Indian spice blend “panch phora” and used in many dishes for flavour and appearance.
Yellow mustard (Brassica alba) is a larger seed and generally has less heat. It is however the traditional “condiment” mustard that graces the tables of the Western world.
The heat of mustard develops over time after coming into contact with water, thus when used as whole or crushed seeds in cooking, the flavour impact is greater than the heat. Mustard is regarded as a hot spice when used in blends.
Botanical Name: (Brassica alba)
Health Benefits: The mustard plant belongs to the brassica family, or the same family as broccoli and cabbage. The mustard seed dates back to biblical times and both the seed and its oil have been used for medicinal purposes. Mustard seeds are a rich source of calcium, manganese, copper, iron, selenium and zinc. Mustard seeds are very rich in phyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants and promote cell restoration, anti-inflammation and may enhance digestion.