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Growing Mustard Greens - An Easy to Grow Cool-Weather Crop

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Mustard greens are relatives of cabbage, broccoli and radishes. It’s a cool-weather plant that is easy to grow, matures quickly and is self-seeding
  • Seeds can be planted as long as the soil isn’t frozen; seeds can germinate at temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Some states view mustard as an invasive weed and have imposed restrictions on where and how you’re allowed to grow it, so be sure to check with your County Extension agent before planting
  • Every part of the mustard plant can be used, including the roots, seeds and leaves. Leaves can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled or frozen. Seeds can be sprouted and added to salads or smoothies, or made into mustard condiment
  • Mustard greens contain a number of plant compounds that support good health, including compounds with anticancer, immune-boosting, antiviral, antibacterial, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and neuroprotective activities

Mustard, also known as mustard greens (of which there are several popular varieties) is a relative of cabbage, broccoli and radishes. It's a cool-weather plant that is easy to grow, matures quickly and is self-seeding.


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