Health Benefits of Mustard Greens

Health Benefits of Mustard Greens

Looking to mix up your leafy green vegetable intake? Take a look at mustard greens!

A vertical close up picture of mustard greens growing in the garden in the bright sunshine. To the center and bottom of the frame is green and white text.What Are Mustard Greens?

Mustard greens are similar to kale and collard greens, which are all a part of the genus.

, or brown mustard, is commonly grown for its seeds. These can be used whole in cooking, or ground to make – you guessed it – brown mustard, a tasty and beloved condiment.

A close up of a wooden scoop with yellow mustard seeds on a countertop, on a soft focus background.this recipe from our sister site Foodal.

Nutritional Composition

They can spice things up for your taste buds, and improve your nutrient intake! They are considered a nutrient-dense food, meaning that they bring a lot of nutrition to the table relative to the amount of calories they contain.

A close up of green leaves set on a wooden chopping board in the kitchen on a dark soft focus background.Health Benefits

That’s a lot of power for a little leaf! This nutrient density helps to bring us many health benefits.

Much of the vitamin A comes from the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help to support our retinas. Lutein may also potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers, like colon and breast cancer.

A close up of large leafy green plants growing in the garden with dark green leaves and white veins. To the right of the frame is a soil path.

They also provide some fiber, which we know aids with digestion and helps us to feel more full.

Selected Cultivars

Ready to reap these benefits for yourself? If you’re looking to grow your own, there are several cultivars to choose from.

A close up of 'Southern Giant Curled' growing in the garden.‘Southern Giant Curled’

Try this ‘Southern Giant Curled’ option from Burpee for a classic spicy flavor, or these ‘Tendergreen’ seeds, from Eden Brothers, for a milder taste.

A close up of the large purple leaves of 'Red Giant' growing in the garden in bright sunshine.‘Giant Red’

For something really unique, check out this ‘Giant Red’ Japanese variety, also from Burpee.

Mustard Magic

These leafy veggies are available in several different varieties and all of them offer a plethora of health benefits, making them, dare I say, magical.

A close up of mustard green plants growing in the garden with large leaves, pictured with light droplets of water on the foliage.Tori Vallana, RD, LDN

Tori Vallana is a registered dietitian with a passion for making food and nutrition simple. She holds an associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts as well as a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Tori loves perusing her local farmers market to find high-quality produce and encourages her patients to do the same!

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