National Mustard Day

National Mustard DayNational Mustard Day

Celebrate this versatile and essential plant, spice, and condiment for National Mustard Day on August 6th. The day itself was started in 1988 by Jill Sengstock, although the National Mustard Museum soon took over organizing the celebration in 1991.

The mustard plant, a member of the Brassicaceae family, produces bright yellow seeds that we use to make mustard powder and condiment mustard. Some perhaps surprising relatives of the mustard plant include Brussel’s sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Mustard has been a staple spice in human diets for over 5,000 years. The exact origin of its use is a matter of some debate, but it either began in India or Ancient Egypt, eventually moving into Greece and then onto Rome where it was then able to spread throughout Europe. 

Developments in agricultural and culinary techniques in the 13th century brought mustard to a level similar to what we use today, but the real innovation came in the 19th century when the British began milling mustard.

The modern version of yellow mustard came on the scene not much later in 1904. The origin of this aspect is also not a solidly agreed-upon fact, but it either took place in Rochester, New York, or at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. The bright yellow condiment quickly rose in popularity from a common pairing with the already popular hot dog.

So slather up your hot dog, hamburger, or sandwich with some yellow, dijon, or spicy mustard this August 6th for National Mustard Day.

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