Mustard Seeds, Yellow

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Yellow mustard seeds have an old world romantic flavor to them; acrid and musky, but behind it all are hints of white wine and tarragon. When you aren’t looking it sits in the cupboard reading Charlotte Brontë.

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Yellow mustard seeds are fantastic for pickling, rubs, spice blends, or for making your own homemade mustard.

Mustard seeds come in three varieties: yellow, brown, and black. Yellow mustard seeds (also called white mustard seeds since the sandy color can go either way) are used primarily in Europe and western Asia, whereas brown and black are used in India and the countries surrounding it.

Flavor-wise they all differ greatly. Yellow seeds are mellow with less pungency, and have an initial floral sweetness to them. Brown seeds are a bit horseradish-y with an earthy flavor (though sometimes possess enough heat to burn down a barn). Black seeds are particularly pungent and hot, the impact of biting into one is enough to bring about a nuclear winter.

Whole seeds have little aroma, and have to be ground for the flavors to awaken. The enzyme myrosinase is what gives mustard its acrid pungency and penetrating heat. However, it’s a fickle enzyme. Water must be added for the enzyme’s flavor to bloom and temperature matters. Cold water will ensure a mustard paste that is intensely hot, bitter, acrid, and pungent (possibly to the point of it being inedible if the water is ice cold). Warm water will mellow it out and hot water will negate the flavor all together.

Additional Info

Dietary NotesN/A
Country of OriginIndia
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Shelf Life4 Yeras
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Product StyleWhole
Taste & AromaBittersweet
Recommended ApplicationsWhole Mustard seeds are used to make vinaigrette dressings, marinades, pickles, and chutneys. Toast and cool, then combine with other Indian spices to make a curry or other Indian cuisine.
Basic PreparationReady to use as is, no preparation is necessary. May grind fresh prior to adding to recipes, or toasted prior to grinding.
IngredientsYellow mustard seeds.


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