Interesting Mustard 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.