Brassica Nigra, known as brown mustard or black mustard, is an annual plant that has been grown for centuries. It is a relative of broccoli, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Mustard seed sprouts can make a flavorful addition to salads. Simply let them germinate in any humid environment, and you can eat the resulting sprouts. And of course, brassica nigra seeds are one of a few different types of seed used to prepare the condiment, mustard. Mustard seeds have been valued substantially for a long resume’of medicinal properties dating back to the Ancient Greeks. Black mustard seeds are used externally, whereas white mustard seeds are used internally. The seeds can be ground into a poultice to be applied externally for rheumatism and various other aches. Black mustard seeds reportedly work well in baths too. The seeds have stimulant properties, and can be applied to the skin to promote circulation and help heal bruises. Habitual use is not advised because the stimulant properties can eventually have an effect on blood pressure. The plant should be relatively easy for most gardeners to grow. We also offer yellow mustard seeds (Sinapsis Alba).
Growing Information: Seeds should be sown directly outdoors once the weather has warmed. Cover with a very thin dusting of soil (about 1/16″). A rich, alluvial soil is recommended. Thin plants to about a foot apart. When the seeds have ripened, harvest the entire plants and lay them out to dry on screens. Once the plants have dried, shake the seeds loose.
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