Black Mustard - Brassica nigra • (Mustard family - Cruciferae)

 

Black Mustard - Brassica nigra • (Mustard family - Cruciferae) Widely branched plant with deeply lobed lower leaves and narrow clusters of small yellow flowers toward the top of the stem. Note the way the seed pods hug the stem. 2 -3 ft. Waste places, fields. It is a member of the genus that includes some common garden vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

 

 

 

The very young lower leaves and unopened flower buds can be eaten cooked. In Europe this common weed is extensively cultivated for its seed, the source of our table mustard. The seeds are also used for seasoning pickles and are sometimes sold as food for caged birds.

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