Red Frill Mustard
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Red Frill mustard distinguishes itself through its radiant, deeply serrated oak leaf-shaped violet leaves contrasted by thin wasabi green stems. Its texture is crunchy yet tender and its flavor robust and peppery. Red Frill mustard is known as one of the spiciest in the mustard green family. When left to mature, Red Frill produces edible flowers and eventually seeds. These seeds can be harvested, yet they are not the common seed used as dry mustard.
Red Frill mustard greens are available fall through spring.
Red Frill mustard, AKA Ruby Streaks and Scarlet Frill, scientific name, Brassica juncea, is member of the Brassica family along with arugula, radishes and turnips. It is a perennial herbaceous cut-and-come again green grown primarily for fresh eating.
Red Frill mustard contains two important compounds, sinigrin and gluconasturtiian, which have cancer preventing benefits, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and natural detoxifying properties.
Red Frill mustard can be harvested as young as a micro green. The leaves can be utilized as a salad green or harvested mature for braising or as a pot herb. Red Frill mustard is a familiar ingredient in Asian and South American cuisines as it lends itself to their naturally spicy and healthy recipes. Complimentary pairings include mushrooms, asparagus, hard cooked eggs, citrus, legumes, grilled and smoked white fish such as trout and sea bass, fried chicken, pork, chiles, olives and olive oil, brown butter, creamy sauces, young and aged cheeses such as ricotta and pecorino, pepitas, mint, cilantro, stone fruit and watermelon.
Frill mustard greens are native to the Himalayan region of India. Different mustard green varieties evolved out of China and Japan. Red Frill mustard is in fact, a Japanese heirloom mustard green. All mustard varieties are cool season crops, preferring shorter days, full sun and cooler soil for fast growth. Compared to common mustard greens, Red Frill's commercial exposure is limited; it can be found in Asian markets as well as farmers markets in Europe and North America.
Recipes that include Red Frill Mustard. One is easiest, three is harder.
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