Why to grow Mustard plant? Top 4 Important reasons
Mustard, also known as sarson is a cool-season crop that is straightforward to grow and taste flavorsome. In India, Mustard greens are extensively used in making a variety of dishes. What tastes better than, SARSON DA SAAG with MAKKI DI ROTI! Aha! Tempting, isn’t, it? Read till the end to know how to grow SAAG (mustard plants) at home, which will make your food more delicious. Mustard Plant in all its forms—shoots, leaves, flowers, whole seed, powdered, or prepared— is beneficial. Let us understand in detail;
Mustard Plant flower acts as a BEST POLLINATOR
- In simple words, pollination means the transfer of pollen grain from the male part of the flower to the female part that helps the plants to reproduce seeds. No seeds will develop into fruits without proper pollination. Hence, It plays a vital role in the ecosystem. There are mainly two types of pollination,
1. Self-pollination — This means the plant can pollinate when its pollen finds its way from the stamens into the ovule
2. Cross-pollination -This means they need pollen from another plant of the same type to pollinate Pollen grains can be moved from plant to plant either by the wind or by pollinating animals such as bees and butterflies. Surprisingly, more than 100 essential crops are cross-breed honey bees.
And The very first thing that comes to my mind whenever I hear mustard plant is Sarson ka khet, which ultimately reminds me of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge movies iconic romantic scene. And I think you will highly agree with me. Hold on, let us not deviate from the main topic. Coming back to the Mustard plant,
- Honey bees are gardeners BEEst — Freind. Pollination begins with flowers. Insects are highly attracted by, bright colors of a flower. And with the vibrant yellow color of the mustard plant with sufficient nectar present in it, insects, especially bees don’t pass without pollination. Mustard flowers are the best way to welcome bees in your garden, this will not only pollinate mustard plant but also help in the pollination of nearby plants. When the last flower has faded, the mustard seeds are ready to be harvested.
The spice of India – Mustard Plant Seeds
- Mustard seeds are also known as sarson ka beej, is the commonest spice used in Indian cuisine. Even a simple dal tastes delicious when given a tadka with mustard seeds. They are crunchy, spicy, and super aromatic. It’s a bit like popcorn — every single seed will start popping very quickly when poured into the oil. Even mustard seeds act as a boon for hair growth when applied on hair as an oil because it increases blood circulation. The protein in mustard seed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It helps to keep the hair thicker and longer. Mustard seeds are beneficial for health.
- Mustard seeds not only act best for peoples but also for the plant. When it comes to fertilizing the plant, nothing works better than mustard seeds fertilizer. Why opt for chemical fertilizer, when one can make organic fertilizer from raw materials of the plant? Though organic fertilizer works slowly, but, it acts wonder for the long-term. Sarson ki Khali/ Mustard cake is widespread among flowering and vegetable plants. The mustard cake is very rich in proteins. It helps to enrich nutrients, phosphorus, potassium in the plant. And it is effortless to use, crush the mustard seeds and soak in water and apply to plants after overnight/4-5 hours.
The baby version of Mustard Plant – Microgreens
- The tiny version of any mature vegetable is called a Microgreens. When someone says the word microgreen, the very first image that comes to our mind is a little cute shape plant, agree? The problem with microgreens is they are too pretty, you do not want to eat them but eventually, you do because it has many nutrients value which is capable of fighting off diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer. It is an honest source of several vitamins like A, B6, C, K, and E. It is high in carbohydrates, protein, fiber, folate, calcium, iron, and sodium, just to call a couple of.
- Microgreens grow in any season. They are very cost-effective, and it only takes a few weeks for them to travel from seeds to be able to eat. Even if you live in an apartment, you can fit a few trays of microgreens in a sunny windowsill. Take a handful of mustard seeds (soak overnight for faster germination) and spread in the soil, it will grow within a week. Why not try growing them yourself to save some money and get a better idea of where your food coming from?
The yummiest leafy vegetable – Mustard greens
- When you leave microgreens to grow for 60 – 80 days, they will turn into healthy mustard leaves. Considered a cool-season crop — one that can even withstand light frosts — Mustard grows best in the spring, and fall. Most mustards also are happy to grow in containers, provided there’s enough space, moisture, and well-drained, nutritious potting soil to satisfy their needs. Make sure to water, weed, and protect your plants from plant-munching bugs. Once they’re ready, you’ll harvest the leaves and, if you would like, let the plants seed to reap mustard seeds also.
What tastest better than SARSON DA SAAG WITH MAKKI DI ROTI. Saag i.e Mustard greens which are homegrown are generally very safe to eat.
- Mustard greens are a versatile leafy green that can add a peppery, bitter flavor to raw, or cooked dishes. Sarson Ka Saag, a most popular Indian cuisine, is made from mustard greens. However, as they’re high in vitamin K and contain oxalate, large amounts may trigger side effects in individuals who take blood thinners or have a high risk of oxalate-type kidney stones.
Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree…because a seed is tiny, small quantities plant a large area. I will conclude my blog by saying MUST PLANT MUSTARD PLANT. Which part of the mustard plant is your favorite, flowers, seeds, micro/mustard greens?
In one of the most widely known Scriptures, Matthew 17:20, Jesus said,
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
When it comes to growing plants, there is no inherent formula. Anybody can garden up with the right conditions.