Signs of Spring: Mustard in the Napa Valley

Sometimes well loved, at other times reviled as a weed, there’s no doubt that wild mustard is now putting on  a lovely show in the Napa Valley. It’s domesticated cousin, with large and tender leaves, is a much enjoyed vegetable from Africa through Asia. In the U.S., of course, it plays a starring role in soul food cuisine.  My recipe for broccolini would work equally well with mustard greens as they are both in the brassica family.  In the Valley, mustard serves as a sort of green fertilizer after the flowering is done. Now’s a good time to visit the Valley off season during the annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival which continues through March 27th.  More photos of spring in the valley…

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