Mustard Facts

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Interesting Mustard Facts

Canadian Facts

What should you know?

Let us fill in you in on a few little known facts.

  • Most of the mustard that the world consumes is grown in Canada, more specifically, in the Prairies.
  • It’s quite typical of humble Canadians to keep this quiet even though Canada produces between 140,000 – 300,000 tonnes of mustard seed annually, with exports valued at $70 million during the past five years.
  • Canada is the largest producer and exporter of mustard seeds worldwide.
  • The majority of Canada’s mustard seeds are exported to the United States.
  • Canada has an ideal growing climate for mustard and exports and produces several types of premium mustard, including brown mustard, yellow (a.k.a. white) mustard, and oriental mustard.
  • Canada has the highest safety and quality standards, and exclusively grows non-GMO crops.
  • The Government of Canada invests millions of dollars to support and strengthen Canada as the leading mustard authority.

 

Mustard in History- From Egypt to Paris

  • Mustard seeds must have been a symbol of good fortune because they were tossed into King Tut’s tomb.
  • In ancient times mustard was the cure-all medicine.  It could cure anything and everything from epilepsy to PMS.
  • In medieval Paris, men and women would wait outside their homes for vendors bringing mustard by the wheelbarrow.
  • “All for one and one for all!”  The Three Musketeers author Alexandre Dumas adored Dijon mustard.
  • During the height of Dijon mustard’s popularity, a milder Dijon was prepared especially for ladies, whereas men preferred the traditional flavour.
  • In many cultures, sprinkling mustard seeds around one’s home was thought of as an effective way to ward off evil spirits.
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