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Mustard Leaves

Also Known As : Sarson ka saag
Technical Name : Brassica juncea


Taste Profile

Mustard leaves have peppery flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. Mustard leaves are used to make the famous punjabi dish “sarson ka saag”.
  2. It can also be eaten raw in salads.

Common names and forms

  1. For sarson ka saag Sarson Saag (Mustard Greens with stalks)
  2. Sarson ka saag
  3. Wash and chop mustard leaves


Mustard leaves are dark green coloured broad leaves that has flat surface and frilled or lacy edges. Mustard leaves are cool season crops like kale and cabbage. Mustard leaves have different varieties such as fordhook fancy, green wave and osaka purple.

Health benefits

  • Mustard leaves contain phytochemicals that helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases.(1)
  • Mustard leaves are rich in antioxidants and helps to prevent wrinkles, pimples, fine lines and dark spots.(1)
  • It contains lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants that help to prevent age-related diseases like macular degeneration.(1)
  • Intake of boiled mustard leaves helps to reduce cholesterol levels and protects the liver.(1)
  • These leaves are rich in iron content that are beneficial for brain development in children and adults.(1)
  • They also help to reduce the risk of cancer and inflammatory diseases.(1)
  • Mustard leaves have fibre that helps to prevent constipation and reduces the risk of colorectal inflammation and hemorrhoids.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose Mustard leaves that are bright dark-green in colour and crispy. Avoid buying spotted and discoloured leaves.


Raw mustard leaves contain goitrogens that can cause swelling of the thyroid gland. Therefore, it should not be consumed by people suffering from thyroid dysfunction. Also, those with kidney stone issues must avoid eating it.(2)

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