Section: Pantry & Smallgoods Family: Spice Ref: SPI00013
Mustard is an annual herb which has been used since the earliest recorded history. Black mustard (Brassica nigra) is almost identical to brown mustard and one is commonly substituted for the other. The heat of mustard develops over time after coming into contact with water, thus when used as whole or crushed seeds in cooking, the flavour impact is greater than the heat. Mustard is regarded as a hot spice when used in blends. Brown mustard seeds are delicious in dishes as mundane as boiled cabbage!