Americans common idea of mustard is the counterpart to ketchup that is put on your burger, hot dog, or bratwurst. But, mustard actually comes from small little seeds that serve as the base for our condiment, but also as a spice used in the cuisine of different cultures.
Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard imparts a range of sweet to spicy flavor that is added to not only to sandwiches, salads, and grilled items, but also in dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, marinades and curries.
- Mustard seeds contain similar compounds to broccoli and cauliflower, which has been repeatedly been shown to be protective against cancer.
- The seeds are also rich sources of selenium and magnesium, nutrients that exert anti-inflammatory effects, particularly in reducing the severity of asthma.
- Mustard seeds actually contain vitamins and minerals and are an excellent source of selenium, very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and manganese, and a considered a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, copper and vitamin B1.
Best Ways to Use
- Mustard seeds or mustard powder can be used as a condiment in a variety of dishes.
- Mixing dried mustard powder with water enhances its pungency and heat.
- You can easily make your own mustard condiment by first soaking the seeds in wine, vinegar or water, grinding them into a smooth paste, and adding herbs and spices such as tarragon, turmeric, garlic, pepper, paprika or any others.