Friday, May 7, 2010

Mustard Fields

This is the time of year when the fields take on a golden hue and not from the leaves on the trees which are all very green. The yellow in the fields is from Mustard (Brassica or Sinapis). Mustard is in the same family as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli and is one of the oldest condiments used. Mustard grows most everywhere from North Africa, Middle East, to Argentina, United Kingdom and the US. Canada is the leader of mustard growing production.

The yellow flowered plants spread readily by seed. All of the plant is edible, flowers, leaves and the seed. The condiment is made by mixing the seed with water, vinegar and spices. 700 million pounds of mustard is consumed world wide! The leaves from the mustard is what was used to produce mustard gas.


Maryanne said...

My father-in-law claimed that an abundance of wild mustard indicated rich farmland.
I don't know if it is true, but I believe he used that as one of the reasons he chose the farm he purchased many years ago.
As it turned out, it was good land!

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a beautiful sight!! A field of sunshine yellow mustard!!!