The leaves of a mustard
plant, mustard greens have a pungent, peppery flavor. Generally people either love it or hate it. My mom is firmly in the latter camp. I haven't had any since I was a little kid, so I'll get back to you on my opinion. They are a common ingredient in soul food
, or as it was called in my house, food. They belong to the same family as collard greens
, Brussels sprouts
, and kale
. They can usually be found fresh, frozen and canned at your local supermarket.
If they aren't picked at the right time, mustard greens get very bitter.