Mustards seeds are the miniature round seeds of different mustards plants. The seeds are generally about 1 to 2mm in diameter and can be either colorless or yellow to brown. These seeds need to be sown in warm weather to be able to germinate and to help them grow towards full size. Once they have grown to about half their original size then you can plant them in your garden.
The main differences between these three varieties of mustards seeds is that the yellow seeds are not sharp and have a softer flavor. The other two varieties are very sharp and have a very distinct musty flavor. Yellow mustard seeds can be sown in your garden in spring time and they will germinate and sprout quite easily as well as last for years if you take good care of them. They do not however, grow well when planted in the ground and need to be contained or else they will spread all over.
The mustards with a brown mustard seed are very hardy and can survive cold winters. They form a fair white flower when they bloom and have a strong musty seed smell. This type is the most commonly planted seed across Europe and hence is used to make a lot of the popular foodstuffs today including: balsamic vinegar, ketchup, relish, pickles, mustard and sauce. They are used in a variety of ways to enhance the taste of food.
White Mustards seeds are quite rare and the ones which are found are quite rare too. They are generally used in preparing white sauces, stews and also for garnishing. It is said that these are the oldest types of seeds used in cooking and in fact were first used centuries ago. They are generally available in various shapes and sizes and are generally brown in color. The white mustards seeds with a brown mustard seed is said to be the most tasty as they contain the best tasting part of the plant along with its fleshy seeds.
Mustard seeds with a brown mustard seed taste like exactly like the real thing. This is an unrivaled trademark of this great American condiment. They are available at supermarkets and markets across the country at different prices. You can easily cook them on your own or use them to enhance the flavor of other dishes. They are also sold at farmer's markets and even at online websites.
For more intense flavor, try grilling them with a piece of butter or some oil. Try cooking mustard seeds on hot grill, you will definitely find a new and interesting flavor sensation. For example, toasts with lemon juice and then sprinkle them on top of thin slices of bread with a little oil is a novel and rather unusual way of using them. Alternatively, you may fry them together with a little vinegar or honey to bring out the mild pungency.
Apart from their mild pungency, mustard seeds also play a major role in alleviating the symptoms of bronchitis, cough, and asthma. These yellow seeds when chewed or used as a spice make excellent herbal remedies for cough and colds. However, you may prefer to use them topically to treat an aching head as well as to soothe and protect skin from sunburn. They make excellent herbal remedies for menstrual cramps, too. You may also use them to treat minor dental complaints such as sore throats, swollen gums and bleeding gums.
Though not as plentiful as cayenne or chili, caraway is still a valuable addition to any spice cabinet. Caraway is a perennial herb that is found in Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, and the United States. It is a close relation to parsley, cumin, fennel and thyme and has a similar peppery and nutty flavor. If you like the flavor of caraway seeds but not its scent, try substituting it with black pepper. Like mustard seeds, caraway seeds have a pungent and spicy taste when they are crushed, but they also taste like a mix of carrots and celery.