(Rapeseed) Plants in flowering stage (Yellow Flowers). It was wonderful to see the collective sight of yellow flowers upto the horizon. At the same time, was suspecting why the farmers are here so fond of only Mustard and have chosen a mono-crop, this season. Are they growing this for bio-diesel? With doubt in mind I did a quick Googling and got convinced that it is usual for Rajasthan and adj. states to grow Mustard during Rabi (Winter) season. This is purely for domestic consumption.
The yellow/white mustard is indigenous to Southern Europe, whereas brown mustard is from China introduced to Northern India. Mustard prefers loamy or clayey loam soil. The major processed products are mustard powder used in the manufacture of mayonnaise, dried or dehydrated mustard leaves, whole mustard seeds etc. Whole mustard is used as a flavouring agent in Indian cooking, whereas ground mustard provides flavour and consistency in Bengali fish curries.