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White mustard or Brassica Alba is an annual plant of the family Brassicaceae.

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White mustard (Sinapis alba) is an annual plant of the family Brassicaceae.

Overview of White mustard or Brassica Alba

• It is sometimes also referred to as Brassica alba or B. hirta.
• It is grown for its seeds, mustard, as fodder crop or as a green manure.
• It is now widespread worldwide, although it probably originated in the Mediterranean region.
• The yellow flowers of the plant produce hairy seed pods.
• Each pod contains roughly a half dozen seeds.
• These seeds are harvested just prior to the pods becoming ripe and bursting.
• White mustard seeds are hard round seeds which are usually around 1 to 1.5 millimeters in diameter.
• The color ranges from beige or yellow to light brown.
• They can be used whole for pickling or toasted for use in dishes.
• When ground and mixed with other ingredients, a paste or more standard condiment can be produced.
• The seeds contain sinalbin.
• This is a thioglycoside which is responsible for their pungent taste.
• White mustard has fewer volatile oils and the flavor is considered to be milder than that produced by black mustard seeds.
• The plant’s leaves can be eaten during the winter, before it blooms.
• The blooming season of this plant (February-March) is celebrated with the Mustard Festival.
• This is a series of festivities in the Wine Country of California.

Growing/Caring conditions for White mustard or Brassica Alba

• Growing these plants in a home garden enables you to provide fresh veggies throughout the growing season.
• These plants thrive best in full sunlight.
• They have long growing seasons that start in early spring.
• Start planting as soon as the final frost of the year has passed.
• Till the soil in an area of your garden that receives at least six hours of full sunlight daily.
• Till to a depth of 10 inches.
• Brassicas can withstand one or two unexpected freezes.
• Mix in a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost or peat moss as you till to increase fertility and drainage in the soil.
• This helps the heavily feeding Brassicas and prevents rot and fungal growth from standing water.
• Sow your Brassica seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the soil.
• Space 18 inches apart in rows at least 32 inches apart.
• Brassica seeds germinate within 10 days.
• Keep the soil around your Brassica plants thoroughly moist.
• Water the vegetables any time the top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch.
• Feed the plants a balanced vegetable fertilizer that contains boron, calcium and magnesium about two weeks after germination.
• This extra boost of nutrition helps the plants fruit.
• Inspect your plants every day.
• If you find worms or other insects on your vegetables, simply pick them off with tweezers.
• These pests only harm vegetables if allowed to stay on there for too long.
• Harvest the Brassicas when the vegetables are firm to the touch.
• Brassicas tend to attract worms and moths.
• Consider using row covers during the first few weeks after planting to prevent these insects from invading.

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