About Yellow Mustard Seeds
Yellow mustard seeds come from the white mustard plant (the seeds are pale yellow). Yellow mustard has a sharp, tangy flavor and a pungent, earthy aroma.
There are three types of mustard seeds: black, brown, and yellow/white. Black and brown seeds contribute to the hotter or more pungent varieties of mustard. Yellow mustard is milder but still has its own very distinct mustard flavor.
The condiment most of us think of as classic American mustard consists of water, vinegar, yellow mustard powder, and various other seasonings. Other common blends that use ground yellow mustard are Honey Mustard and English Pub Mustard. Dijon uses brown mustard seed. There are actually dozens of incredible mustard recipes that use yellow mustard seeds — from German Mustard and Bordeaux Mustard to Honey Pinot Mustard, Horseradish Mustard and many more.
Yellow mustard seeds have plenty of other applications, besides condiment domination. It's often used in salad dressings, deviled egg recipes, barbecue sauces, hollandaise sauce, curries, chutneys, and pickling spices.
Mustard seeds are known in Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi as sarson seeds.
About the white mustard plant
White mustard is an annual flowering plant that can be found worldwide. It grows to be about 2ft high and has yellow flowers that produce hairy seed pods. Each pod contains about six seeds. The “white mustard seeds” are hard, round, and usually about 1mm in diameter. Their color ranges from beige to yellow to light brown. The seeds are harvested right before the pods become ripe and burst.