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Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)


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This plant was grown as a condiment over 2000 years ago. In the 13th century cooks began grinding up the peppery seed to make mustard. Today it has mainly been replaced by a related species,rape, and grows mainly as a weed on arable land. It has also been used to cure colds and chest ailments. Pictured at Old Warden Bedfordshire, late November 2005 with frost on the leaves.

5th Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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