Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens
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Southern Giant Curled Mustard, also known as “Ostrich Plume,” “Green Mustard,” “Green Mustard Cabbage” or “Southern Curled,” is a sub-species of Mustard Greens with bright green, long, wide, oval leaves that are curled and fringed on the edges. In a way, Southern Giant Curled Mustard, much like Kale, resembles a headless Cabbage.

Season

Mustard is known as a Winter Vegetable but can also be sown almost all year long, though cool weather does produce a tastier leaf.

Cultivation

In Sping or Fall, sow Southern Giant Mustard seeds directly into soil 1/8” deep, about 1“ apart. Keep the plants well watered.  Stagger the timing of the harvest of additional crops by sowing a new patch every 20-30 days.

The whole plant can be cut at once or individual outer leaves can be picked for a cut-and-come-again harvest.

Purchasing

Avoid yellow, over mature Southern Giant Curled Mustards with seeds or yellow flowers attached.

Storage

Store unwashed Mustard Greens in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer where they will keep for 3 days. For a longer cold storage, wrap the Mustard in moist paper towels and then place it in the plastic bag before storing in the crisper drawer. Wrapped it should last for 5 days. The flavor may intensify in the refrigerator during the longer storage. Blanching, drying and then freezing them is also a good way to preserve an abundance of Mustard Greens.

Culinary Uses

The leaves, stems and seeds are edible and can be eaten Raw or cooked, though cooking is generally tastier and safer since Mustard Greens are also a Boiled Green. Southern Giant Curled Mustard has a distinctive mustard-horseradish flavor. Southern Giant Curled Mustard can be used similarly to Mustard Greens or Kale.  

Use the mild flavored, young leaves (four to five inches long) in Salads and the older, larger leaves cooked in Stir FriesSoupsStews, etc. Southern Giant Curled Mustard is also frequently mixed with milder Greens such as Kale, Cabbage and Collard Greens to make a dish of “Mixed Greens.”

Southern Giant Curled Mustard is used in African, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

Portion Size

Allow 4-5 oz of Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens per person.

Nutrition

Southern Giant Curled Mustard is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C. Mustard Greens may offer great benefits to individuals with conditions ranging from asthma, arthritis, colds, depression, heart disease as well as menopausal symptoms.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes