the spice

the origin of mustard

The Romans were probably the first to use mustard as a condiment. They mixed unfermented grape juice, or “must”, with ground mustard seeds, or “sinapis”. They called this mixture “burning must”, which translated to “mustum ardens”, and then they shortened it to “mustard”.

A recipe for mustard, or “De re coquinaria”, also appeared in an anonymous Roman cookbook, from the late 4th century or early 5th century.


common culinary uses

  • condiment
  • ingredient in mayonnaise, vinaigrettes, marinades, and barbecue sauces
  • popular accompaniment to hot dogs, pretzels, and bratwursts
  • emulsifier
  • inhibit curdling when added to hollandaise sauces
  • used mostly in savory dishes

health benefits

Contains omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1, fiber, phyto-nutrients, essential oils, and anti-oxidants

fun facts

  • yellow mustard gets it's color from turmeric
  • the average american consumes 12oz. of mustard annually
  • 1t. of mustard contains only 20 calories, no sugar, no fat, and only 55 mg of sodium
  • mustard causes allergic reactions in some people
{maddie gibson}