Wild Mustard

Biological Name:

Brassica spp. (Wild-Mustard)

Natural Habitat:

Wild-Mustard is a herb that is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It can grow in meadows, forests, and along the edges of fields.


Wild-Mustard is a herbaceous annual plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It has small yellow or white flowers and long narrow leaves. It is often found in agricultural fields and is a common weed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can wild mustard be eaten?
A: The younger leaves can be added to salads, the older leaves cooked as a green. The flowers can be added to salads. The seeds when dried and ground can be mixed with water or vinegar to make a good mustard or sprouted for a healthy salad..

Q: Are mustard seeds poisonous to humans?
A: Ground mustard seeds contain the toxic compound, isothiocyanate, that causes airway irritation and edema similar to black pepper (known to be lethal with aspiration).

Q: Is broccoli bred from wild mustard?
A: Some of our most popular vegetables — broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi and brussels sprouts — are all derived from wild mustard. They are in the cruciferous family, or commonly known as cole crops.

Q: Can you cook wild mustard?
A: Wild Mustard Greens The best way to prepare them is to steam or boil them in water for a few minutes. From there you can substitute them for spinach in any recipe or just eat them with some olive oil and lemon.

Q: Can you harvest wild mustard?
A: Foraging for Wild Mustard Early in the summer the pods are green and wet, and if you attempt to break them open the seeds will be little white specks. You cannot harvest these. Wait until the seeds are dark and the pods are brown or red or yellowish. Harvesting the seeds seems difficult since the seeds are so small.

Q: Is wild mustard healthy?
A: It is full of wonderful nutrients, namely vitamins A, C, K, E and folic acid. Mustard greens also are excellent sources of the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium and manganese. They also contain some protein and very little fat.

Q: Is mustard good for kidneys?
A: Mustard is an excellent kidney friendly diet condiment. So many seasonings and condiments are loaded with fat and sodium. One teaspoon of yellow mustard contains only 25 to 65 mg sodium.

Q: Is mustard good for your liver?
A: Mustard oil is a very potent stimulant, and can help the liver and spleen produce increased levels of digestive enzymes, which can increase the speed of digestion and body’s metabolic capacity.

Q: Is mustard good for gut?
A: 04/9Good for digestive health Mustard seeds are also excellent for your digestive system. If you are suffering from the problem of indigestion then mustard seeds can help to get rid of it. The seeds are packed with fiber, which helps in easy bowel movement and enhances the digestive power of the body.

Q: What does wild mustard taste like?
A: Description/Taste The flowers taste of a cross between honey and horseradish. The greens develop a more pungent peppery note as the plant matures. Seeds collected from mature seed pods are mildest from the white variety and hottest from the brown.

Q: Is mustard good for high blood pressure?
A: In fact, research indicates that a balanced diet incorporating Mustard Oil, mustard seeds and mustard greens is highly effective in controlling blood pressure and fighting Hypertension.

Q: Is mustard anti-inflammatory?
A: Mustard is good for you because it contains several antioxidants that provide various health benefits including anti-cancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties.

Q: What does wild mustard do?
A: Mustard opens up blood vessels and allows the blood system to draw out toxins and increase blood flow, reducing swelling and pain. Wild mustard can also help reduce headache pain when taken as a tea or encapsulated.

Q: What illnesses does mustard cure?
A: Mustard is rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C and many of the B-complex vitamins. There are several health benefits of mustard for the body like relief from muscular pains, ringworm, and respiratory disorders and also helps in treating cancer and diabetes.

Q: What sickness can mustard seed cure?
A: The seed and oil from the seed are used to make medicine. Black mustard oil is used for the common cold, painful joints and muscles (rheumatism), and arthritis. Black mustard seed is used for causing vomiting, relieving water retention (edema) by increasing urine production, and increasing appetite.

Q: How do you prepare wild mustard to eat?
A: The best way to prepare them is to steam or boil them in water for a few minutes. From there you can substitute them for spinach in any recipe or just eat them with some olive oil and lemon.

Q: Why do bodybuilders use mustard?
A: A Chemical Compound in Mustard May Trigger Protein Synthesis According to research, consuming homobrassinolide, a class of plant steroids found in the mustard plant, produces a stimulatory effect on protein synthesis in muscle cells, triggering a response similar to anabolic steroids.

Q: Do farmers plant wild mustard?
A: Mustard grows all over California, both as a wild plant and as a cover crop for farms. No one is entirely sure how mustard first came to the United States.

Q: Is wild mustard the same as garlic mustard?
A: The difference between these plants is that wild mustard is found growing in open fields and has a yellow bloom, while garlic mustard is usually found growing in and around forests and has a white flower.

Q: What’s another name for wild mustard?
A: Sinapis arvensis, the charlock mustard, field mustard, wild mustard or charlock, is an annual or winter annual plant of the genus Sinapis in the family Brassicaceae. It is found in the fields of North Africa, Asia and Europe.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.