Mustard seed is the seed of the mustard plant, a plant which has been cultivated for centuries for both its greens and seeds. They are used as a spice in many cultures, and they can be found in a wide of dishes. Prepared from the seed, its oil is a versatile oil that can be used for both therapeutic uses and culinary applications.
As a general rule, they are spicy and piquant, a trait shared with other Brassicas. The flavor of them varies, depending on the varietal. Some of them have an extremely strong bite which has made it rather famous. The seeds may be black, brown, yellow, or white, depending on the species and cultivar. Many Westerners are familiar with yellow one.
When mustard seeds are used as a spice, there are a number of ways to utilize them. They can be added to dishes as they are cooking, in which case they are usually cracked to release their volatile flavor and aroma, and they are sometimes ground up and added to curry mixtures as well. Many cooks in places like India throw whole seeds into a cooking pot with some oil before they start cooking a dish, ensuring that the oil is flavored with the spice when the heated seeds pop.
People can also grind its seeds and keep the dry powder handy for mixing mustard as needed, and ingredients like water, cider vinegar, horseradish, honey, wine, and milk can also be mixed with ground seeds to make mustard.
As one of the more common types of seed found in the Mediterranean, the seeds produce an oil that is both aromatic and soothing to the skin. When it comes to the use of oils as a soothing topical agent, mustard oil(also known as Fats and Glyceridicoils, mustard and the CAS number is 8007-40-7) is considered to be helpful with the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. The use of it as an ointment for stiff joints has a long history, and is still recommended by persons who prefer to use natural agents to treat various health ailments. Along with leaving relatively little residue, this oil provides a pleasant aroma that may also appeal to the user of the oil.
The oil that is allowed to reach the temperature necessary for smoking will actually achieve a smoother mustard flavor that will be very appealing. In cooking, it works differently from most other oils. With this oil, it is important to allow the oil to reach the smoking point before using the compound in stir-fry and other dishes that are prepared on a stovetop.