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The mustard (Brassica), black, white or Chinese, is a bushy annual plant of the Brassicaceae family, native to Europe, Central Asia and India.
Most often considered a weed in the garden, mustard is a condiment appreciated around the world and its leaves and seeds offer many health benefits and virtues.
Mustard and its health benefits
- Very rich in vitamin C, mustard is particularly indicated in the context of toning and depurative cures.
- Theleaves of mustard are a excellent source of beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. The vitamin A participates in several functions of the body and promotes, among other things, the growth of bone and teeth. It helps to maintain the skin healthy and protects against infections.
- Mustard containsantioxidants which reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. It helps to fight against the appearance of cardiovascular illnesses, from some cancers and other diseases related to aging cells.
- Mustard effectively fights against digestive disorders. Toning, it stimulates the work of the stomach and intestines.
- In poultices, mustard fights against diseases of respiratory tracts, decongests bronchi and relieves ailments rheumatic painful and headache.
- The mustard bath (half a pot of mustard in bath water) is excellent against cold shots. It stimulates the whole body.
Growing mustard for its benefits
- To grow, mustard needs Sun. Warning, she does not like windy places or too shaded areas. If you live in a cold region, it is better to opt for greenhouse mustard or in a plastic tunnel.
- The soil should be compact, fertile, deep, well drained, but it is important that it stays cool. Do not choose a ground that is too wet.
- It is quite possible to grow Chinese mustard in a planter, provided you water it very regularly. If the weather is very dry, the seeds rise quickly.
Mustard in cooking for its benefits
In salad, the very young mustard leaves are delicious.
When they mature, they also make a excellent nutritious vegetable, steamed or sautéed.
As a condiment, mustard accompanies meats and vegetables, and it adds a little spice to dressings, sauces and mayonnaise.
Nutritional value of mustard
Mustard greens are rich in complete proteins, provitamin A, vitamins B and C. They are also largely supplied with minerals.