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Black Mustard Seed

Black Mustard Seeds have a sharp and pungent but balanced taste and aroma that is released when toasted or ground.

  • Sharp, spicy mustard flavor

  • Dark reddish brown to black

  • Approximately 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter

  • D'allesandro
    Price: $18.50
    $0.93 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Add to pickling spices, chutneys and vinaigrette dressings

  • Toast and combine with other Indian spices to make curry

  • Grind and combine with flavored vinegar for custom mustard condiment

  • Basic prep

    Use whole or grind immediately before use.

    Storage & handling

    Store in cool, dry place.


    Mustard seeds.

    Black Mustard Seeds, or "Brassica nigra," come from a cruciferous plant (related to many forms of the common cabbage) that is grown in over forty varieties.While native to the temperate regions of Europe, since World War II much of the annual crop has been produced in Canada.

    Mustard seeds play an important role in cuisines all over the world. Ground they play a major role in many styles of curry across Asia, they are commonly used in pickling recipes and in the seasoning of corned beef and vegetables in Europe, and of course, they are frequently used in the creation of deli and yellow mustard condiments.

    There are three main varieties of mustard seed commonly considered for culinary uses. Brown Mustard Seeds and Yellow Mustard Seeds are the most commonly cultivated. The third variety, Black Mustard Seeds, typically is commercially available only in southeast Asia.

    The culinary uses of mustard seeds has been traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, where the seeds were ground into a paste (similar to the table mustard we use today) and used by physicians such as Hippocrates, the father of medicine. In fact, the plant’s common name “mustard” is derived from the Latin "mustum ardems," meaning burning must.

    Black Mustard Seeds are commonly used in pickling or in the seasoning of corned beef and vegetables, but can also be ground and combined with other ingredients to make the popular condiment. An excellent source of selenium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, eating mustard seeds can help to decreased symptoms of asthma, and can help lower blood pressure and restore sleep patterns. Their high levels of phytonutrients also inhibit the growth of cancer cells and are thought to be especially helpful in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract.

    Classic recipe

    Pickled Black Mustard Seeds

    Spicy Black Mustard Seeds plump with vinegar, honey and spices in this clever pickling recipe. Use the enhanced seeds in salad dressings or as a garnish for cold meat and cheese platters.