10 Things You Never Knew About Mustard

Mustard is so much more than a condiment for hotdogs or an ingredient for marinades; it’s a relic of history, tradition, and culinary heritage throughout the world. Swedes are obsessed with mustard: they’re some of the top mustard consumers in the world! It comes to no surprise, then, that the Liss Ellas mustard from the Sweden Box is so incredible. Here’s a rundown of everything you never knew about mustard.

Mustard Field
Mustard Fields | © Pixabay

1. Artificial color

Mustard isn’t naturally yellow! The familiar color is generally achieved with the addition of turmeric.

2. An eternal condiment

Mustard never spoils!

3. More than the seeds

While the condiment is made with mustard seeds, other parts of the mustard plant are also edible: greens are used just like spinach, kale, or arugula. Mustard oil is extracted from the seeds and can be used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.

4. Steeped in history

Having been used by the Chinese, Greeks, and Romans for thousands of years, mustard is one of the world’s very first spices.

5. A family matter

Other vegetables in the mustard family include broccoli, turnips, and cauliflower.

6. Copycat mustard

The popular variation called Dijon, traditionally from the French city of of the same name, isn’t actually always made in Dijon!

7. Spicing it up

For centuries, many cultures used mustard to add flavor to what would have otherwise been a bland preparation.

8. Import and export

Most mustard seeds are grown in Canada and Nepal. The seeds are then exported to other countries where the seeds are ground into a paste or transformed into a powder into the familiar condiment.

9. Mustard diversity

There are over 40 different varieties of mustard plants, but only four are used in standard mustard preparations: yellow, brown, black, and white.

10. A tourist attraction

The National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin houses more than 5,000 jars of mustard from all over the world. Admission is free, so if you’re in the southern Wisconsin area, be sure to check it out for an all-immersive mustard experience! Liss Ellas has won multiple awards from this museum.

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