Mustard seeds are known for giving a slight spicy kick to foods. They can be eaten raw and added to salads and other dishes or they can be roasted to bring out their flavor and made into sauce.
Mustard seeds are also quite good for you. They are rich in manganese, calcium, omega 3s, iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. They are good for skin and for digestion. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and have been known to be beneficial in reducing the severity of asthma attacks and rheumatoid arthritis.
Considering the health and taste benefits mustard seeds provide, it is no wonder why you will want to have some on hand at all times. And what better way to do that than to grow your own at home? Read on to find out how to grow mustard seeds indoors.
How to Grow Mustard Seeds Indoors
Here are the steps you will need to take:
1. Start with a tray of pre-moistened soil.
2. Take one tablespoon of mustard seeds and evenly spread them over the soil.
3. Take some pre-sifted soil and sprinkle it over the seeds so you get a thin but even layer. Pat the soil down gently.
4. Now take a humidity dome and put it on top of the tray making sure the two vents on top are closed. Keep the dome on for 2 to 3 days, or until you start seeing the seeds sprout through.
5. Once you start seeing your seeds poke through, you can put them in a cultivator if you have one. If you don’t have a cultivator, simply put them in a warm, sunny spot. Seeds should be watered every four days.
6. After about 2 weeks, seeds should be ready to harvest.
Harvesting Mustard Greens
It is best to harvest mustard greens when they’re fresh, so start immediately at that two week mark. At this point, your plants should be 3 – 6” long.
To harvest, simply pick the plants from the tray and snip off the outer leaves of the plant discarding any yellow leaves you find.
Once seeds are harvested, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you are not planning on eating them that soon, you can store them in the freezer for longer periods of time.
Note: If the environment gets too hot, the plants will begin to seed and grow a flower stalk. This means no new plants will grow.
At this point, you can either dig up the plant or leave it there to seed. Once the seed pod on the plant dries, you can collect the seeds to start the process all over again.
It is best to collect the seeds before the pod splits open. However, seeds that disperse into the soil will probably begin growing on their own in time.
Now that you know how to grow mustard seeds indoors, how will you be using them to add flavor to your dishes and boost your health?
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