Looking to mix up your leafy green vegetable intake? Take a look at mustard greens!
What Are Mustard Greens?
, 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.
this recipe from our sister site Foodal.
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.
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.
They also provide some fiber, which we know aids with digestion and helps us to feel more full.
Ready to reap these benefits for yourself? If you’re looking to grow your own, there are several cultivars to choose from.
For something really unique, check out this ‘Giant Red’ Japanese variety, also from Burpee.
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.
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!