Wild Mustard, Brassica oleracea

Brassica oleracea is indigenous to the coastal areas of southern and western Europe and is often referred to as Wild Mustard. It is tolerant of salt and lime in the soil of its native lands. The plant grows tall and blooms biennially. Large sturdy leaves act as water storage. Once the plant is two years old a tall stem measuring 3 – 7 feet in height grows bearing a cluster of yellow flowers. This plant is flush with nutrients like vitamin C. Cultivars of this plant are categorized into seven main groups according to their development. Common vegetables in these groups include Kale, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts.

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