Mustard is a popular condiment we enjoy with many meals, but you probably haven’t given it too much thought aside from that. Here are some interesting facts about mustard you probably didn’t know.
Mustard is a Plant
The well-known condiment is technically called prepared mustard. The plant mustard is a member of the Brassica genera and is a relative to many common vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
It’s the Oldest Condiment
Many experts believe that mustard was the first condiment people ever used. Grinding the seeds into a paste and mixing them with vinegar or wine dates back to the Roman Empire.
Most of the world’s mustard comes from only two countries – Canada and Nepal. Together, the crops from these two countries end up in more than half of all the mustard produced in the world.
It Almost Can’t Spoil
Mustard is basically just a bland of acidic liquid and spices, and as such can’t really spoil. It’s best to keep it in the fridge but that’s not even necessary. Over time, it may lose flavor but will generally remain safe to eat.