Common Name:  Southern Giant Mustard

Scientific Name: Brassica juncea
Plant Type: Herb  southern giant mustard  Pumene plants

Soil type:  loamy

Height: to 2 ft

Requires: Sun


The Southern giant mustard has large, wide, bright green leaves that are curled and have fringes on the edges. They are hardy plants with a mild mustard flavor.   You can plant them easily in a home pot or garden.  It is a hardy, perennial and can be grown in the late fall and winter months.  You can sow mustard in autumn or early winter in mild winter regions.


It has a pungent and peppery taste and can be put in salads & Indian saag.  As with other mustards the seeds can be ground and used as a condiment. It has the highest Vitamin B folate of any leafy green.


  • You can air dry the Southern giant mustard leaves.  Try hanging it inside a paper bag to dry.  First, tear or punch holes on the sides of a bag, bundle the herbs and place inside the bag with stems sticking out.  Close the bag with string or rubber band.  Place where air currents will circulate through the bag.  When the leaves are crisp and crumble easily, they are ready to be stored in an airtight container.
  • To freeze, just wash, drain and pat dry with paper towels.  Wrap a few sprigs or leaves in freezer wrap and place in a freezer bag and seal.  These herbs can be chopped and used in cooked dishes.