Urban Foraging – Wild Mustard

Native to Europe, Asia and northern parts of Africa, wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis), also known as field mustard or charlock, is one of the tastiest and most versatile weeds in the brassica family.

The whole plant of wild mustard is edible and its botanical name, Sinapis, comes from the Greek word ‘sinapi’ meaning mustard. As well as making it easy to spot, its bright-yellow flowers make it a great pollen crop for bees and other important pollinator insects.

How To Identify It

Wild mustard is found right throughout the year, but is at its most abundant in spring and summer when its vivid yellow flowers are tall and on show.