Mustard Oil in DC/Nova?
ruth lafler was just ralking about that erucic acid in the original rapeseed oil -- a toxin. the seeds had to be modified to lessen the erucic acid to make "canola" oil.
every asian market and local indian grocery has mustard oil. in every case, the ones i've seen for sale are labeled as "not for human consumption" (or something to that effect, "not for cooking" or the like); but, obviously, they are used for cooking. what else might they be used for? back rubs for aging athletes?
A-1 market in arlington, across from mcdonald's on lee hwy, near glebe, is my local indian grocery. i go to h-mart in merrifield or the grand mart in seven corners for asian food, cooking supplies and fresh vegetables, in general.
frankly, i don't know what flavor profile mustard oil brings to the dish. anyone?
The FDA web site says there are two kinds of mustard oil, and the one that is an expressed oil and containing erucic acid is to be avoided, even though it is used in other cultures as a cooking oil.
They give the OK to the version produced by steam distilling though:
Make sure you know what you're buying.