Yellow Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant. There are different seeds from:
• white or yellow mustard
• brown or Indian mustard
• Black mustard, B. nigra.
• American mustard is the most commonly used mustard in the United States and Canada.
• This is very mild prepared mustard.
• It is colored bright-yellow by turmeric.
• It was introduced in 1904 by George T. French as “cream salad mustard”.
Yellow mustard is regularly used with:
• hot dogs
• potato salads
• barbecue sauces
• salad dressings
• This is commonly used as a spice.
• The plant is believed to be native to the southern Mediterranean region of Europe.
• It has been cultivated for thousands of years.
• The spice is generally made from ground seeds of the plant, with the seed coats removed.
• The small (1 mm) seeds are hard and vary in color.
• They are flavorful.
• They have almost no aroma.
• The shoots and leaves are consumed cooked and the seeds used as a spice.
• The plant itself can grow from two to eight feet tall.
• They bear small yellow flowers.
• The leaves are covered in small hairs.
Growing/Caring conditions for Mustard plants
• Mustard plants are native to the coastal regions of the Mediterranean Sea in southern Europe.
• You can grow mustard plants in your garden in the cooler springtime months.
• Plant your mustard plants in early spring, right after the last frost.
• Select a planting site that receives full to partial sunlight.
• The plant should have rich and fertile soil.
• Dig planting holes that are the same depth as and twice the width of the nursery containers.
• Work into the soil some rich, organic compost.
• Space your mustard plants about 6 inches apart.
• After planting black mustard seeds, cover them loosely with 1/2 inch of soil.
• Plant the mustard plants at the same depth as they were planted in the nursery containers.
• Water your mustard plants lightly every other day.
• This is to keep the soil evenly moistened.
• Water directly onto the soil and avoid getting water on the plant leaves.
• Feed your mustard plants once every two weeks with a liquid all-purpose plant fertilizer.
• You can also top-dress the soil around the plants every two weeks with 1 or 2 inches of organic compost.