Random Facts about Mustard
George J. French introduced his “Classic Yellow Mustard” to the world in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. It was quickly paired with the new and popular hot dog – Coincidence or Fate? … lol.
New York Yankee’s Stadium uses more than 1,600 gallons of mustard AND over 2,000,000 individual packets of mustard each year. Now that’s either a lot of hot dogs or a lot of pretzels, or both…lol.
Americans use more mustard than any other country in the world. “Yellow mustard” is what we commonly use – and it’s much milder in flavor than mustards from other parts of the world. The rest of the world refers to it as “American mustard.” We can thank the afore-mentioned George French for figuring out that people would probably prefer a milder tasting mustard. I think it’s hilarious that an American named “French” took a French condiment and Americanized it.
More than 700 million pounds of mustard are consumed worldwide each year. Per capita consumption of mustard in the US is about 12 ounces annually which is more than anywhere else in the world. Wow… I think I might eat 12 ounces of mustard every 2 months… lol.
A lot of diets allow dieters to use as much mustard as they want – because mayonnaise is full of fat (and other stuff) and ketchup is full of sugar.
The yellow is from turmeric.
National Mustard Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of each August at The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum in Wisconsin. No really, there IS such a thing as a mustard museum. Who knew? Lol…
If you cook food using mustard, it dramatically changes the taste. If you want to maintain the mustardy flavor, add mustard at the end of the cooking process.
It is reported that mustard sales in the US is approximately $300 million annually (That sounds like a woefully low number to me…). French’s has the 1/3 of the market sewn up. Again, that sounds low to me… Private labels comprise another 20% and Kraft’s Grey Poupon has 15% of the entire market.
Speaking of “Grey Poupon” it really became a hit in the late 1970s and 1980s – I personally believe it was due to the awesome commercial that culminated in the question, “Pardon me, but would you have any Grey Poupon?” The reply was, “But of course.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_pGT8Q_tjk
Mustard is very environmentally friendly because you can eat all parts of the mustard plant. The leaves (greens) are great in salads especially when they’re young and tender. Why do I want to start to inexplicably sing Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” song… Wow… Captain Random thought… Anyhoo… the older leaves with stems may be eaten fresh as a vegetable. They are particularly good with ham or in soups and stews. You can also make an aromatic oil out of the mustard seeds.
One pound of yellow mustard seeds (used to make yellow or ballpark mustard) contains around 100,000 seeds.
Mustard is the second most-used spice in the U.S. (Peppercorns is #1).
Throughout history, mustard has been known for its medicinal purposes. In fact, it was used medicinally long before it was ever used for cooking. Mustard paste was used for general muscular relief and to help “cure” toothaches. It is also stimulates appetite and digestion and will clear your sinuses. It increases blood circulation and it mustard flour used to be sprinkled into socks to help prevent frostbite. Wow, no wonder animals like to lick people’s toes…lol.
Mustard seeds are considered a healthy food and high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense with selenium, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It has been demonstrated that mustard encourages the body to speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure, and prevent atherosclerosis.
Stars99’s Fun Mustard Story
One day, I was sitting in the kitchen with my friend, Randy and we were just shooting the breeze. He was leaning back in his chair and was teasing me for no apparent reason. Well, I’m sure there WAS a reason but I seem to have conveniently forgotten that part of the story in the ensuing years…lol. I had on my favorite pale pink gauze shirt dress and he had on a T-shirt and shorts. There was a bottle of squeeze mustard sitting on the table. He said something to piss me off – and I said something to piss him off. As I was looking at him, I saw him look down at the mustard bottle, then look back at me, and then back to the mustard bottle. An evil grin started creeping over his face and I read his mind. As he started to tip his chair forward, I pre-emptively grabbed the mustard bottle and fumbled with the snap cap. He grabbed the mustard bottle out of my hand and squirted mustard all over me.
Mustard doesn’t wash out of a pale pink gauze shirt dress. Ever.
It also doesn’t easily wash off of cheap dorm room painted walls. It does, however, wash nicely off of windows and Formica tabletops.
Popular Phrases Using the Word “Mustard”
The saying, “Can’t cut the mustard,” means that you can’t live up to a challenge or that you can’t handle the job.
The saying, “To be as keen as mustard,” means that you are very eager and enthusiastic.
The word, “mustard” also can be used as a synonym for “good.”
For example, “That movie was mustard.”
“Mustard” is used as a slang word for money.
For example, “People want to hang around you for the mustard.”
It is even used in a very popular Biblical reference – Matthew 17:20:
He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Other Mustard References
Who could forget the classic game called, “Clue” wherein players guessed the perpetrator of a crime. It was fun to guess that it was, “Colonel Mustard, in the conservatory, with the candlestick.”
Mustard gas is used in chemical warfare. I do not want to go into this here. Ugh.
Mustard sandwiches… Okay… I gotta confess that I had NEVER heard of these until Mr. Stars99 enlightened me. When I scrunched up my nose at the thought, he tenderly reminded me that I like Miracle Whip and peanut butter sandwiches. I kind of don’t think that was fair…lol.
Beatles Song: Mean Mr. Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark, trying to save paper
Mustard seeds were symbolic of good fortune in Ancient Egypt and some were included in King Tut’s tomb.
If you spread mustard seeds around the exterior of your home, it is thought they will ward off evil spirits.
Brides in Germany used to sew mustard seeds into the hem of their wedding dresses to assure her dominance of the household (Yeah, THAT worked so well, no? lol).
Famous Lovers of Mustard
Pope John Paul XXII of Avignon (1249-1334) loved, loved, LOVED mustard so much that he created a new Vatican position of mustard-maker to the pope – grand moutardier du pape. While I find this to be hilarious… the FUNNIEST part is that he gave the job to his nephew who lived in nearby Dijon. Thereafter, Dijon because the mustard capital of the world. Mustard making became so important to the town of Dijon, France that in 1634 a law was passed to grant the men of the town the exclusive right to make mustard.
Wow… Do you think the Pope was pressured by his sister to give the kid a job and so he just decided to make one up? I mean really… Think about the thought process… “Gosh, what can Bobby do? Be a priest? No… That won’t work… Perhaps he could work with the homeless? No… He’s really not suited for that… I need a job that he can’t screw up… I know… I’ll make him my mustard maker! That’s it! Now… He just needs and official title so his mother will stop getting on my case about giving him a job… lolol…
It is believed that Benjamin Franklin may have brought mustard to the U.S. upon his return from France in 1758.
King Louis XI of France traveled around with his own royal mustard pot just in case his hosts didn’t have any on hand…lol.
Queen Victoria of England also loved mustard and appointed a mustard merchant as her own private mustard maker in 1866.
Happy National Mustard Day!
I am sure there are some additional mustard references – If you know of any or have a favorite – Please include them in the comments section… I was SURPRISED at how much mustard information there is out there… I mean, who knew? lol… There was so much information that I didn’t even go into the history of mustard or into the making of mustard for our purposes here… lol…
Honestly, we would have been here all day… We should be EATING it – Not just reading about it…. Enjoy!
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Mustard Fun Facts. www.vivisoriginalsauce.com. Accessed on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.vivisoriginalsauce.com/Mustard%20Facts.html
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Mustard Facts. Accessed on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.the-mustard-factory.com/mustard-facts
The History of Mustard. www.thenibble.com. Accessed on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/condiments/mustard-trivia.asp
French’s Mustard. www.foodreference.com. Accessed on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.foodreference.com/html/ffrenchesmustard.html
Mustard. www.urbandictionary.com. Accessed on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mustard