Organic Mustard Seed
How to grow Mustard microgreens:
- Mustard is a very fast grower which must not be soaked as it is mucilaginous. (Mucilage is a thick, gluey substance produces by all plants, some more than others. Basically, if you soak mustard seeds they will turn the water quite thick and you will not be able to sprinkle them onto your compost).
- Sprinkle the seeds over a tray of compost and press down gently.
- Cover with a fine layer of compost.
- It is advisable to use a micro biologically tested compost such as Klassmanns Peat Free Seed Compost to ensure there is nopathogens like ecoli present.
- Keep the compost moist (but not soaking).
- Best kept at a steady temperature of about 20oC
- You should see signs of germination after a couple of days.
- Cut after about ten days.
Harvesting and using your Mustard sprouts
Mustard Cress has a hot flavour, most would call it 'peppery' or something similar. A mashed potato with some butter and a dot of Mustard Cress gives a totally new appearance to an old product. Preferably harvested before the leaves turn green. Ideal to spice up salads containing other sprouts or green leaves. Good source of Vitamin A and C.
Mustard and cress are worth growing together as the fiery kick of the mustard is balanced by the slightly milder flavour of the cress.