Mustard

Ingredients

  • Organic Mustard Seeds

Origin​

  • Canada

Form

  • Seeds

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • Fall and Winter

Background

  • The oldest mustard probably comes from India which made its way to the Romans and then to modern day France, where the city of Dijon became the mustard capital of the world. Of course, mustard also traveled to England and Bavaria where special types of mustard were developed that go very well with local dishes. While mustard is most widely used as a condiment, comparable to ketchup or mayo, mustard seeds are great ingredients for cooking. While mustard made its way through Europe it remained in use in Indian cuisine (where the condiment mustard is unknown, btw). 
     

The Greek dramatist Aristophanes wrote in the fifth century BC of mustard-spiced stews; Pliny the Elder ground mustard seed with vinegar and used it as a poultice for snakebites and scorpion stings. In the New World, Thomas Jefferson indulged his Frenchified tastes by ordering five pounds of mustard seed from Paris and planting it at Monticello.

Cooking

  • Mustard seeds are often toasted to enhance their flavor and add a nutty flavor to dishes. Other recipes call for mustard seeds to be ground, which is best done on an as-needed basis to ensure maximum flavor.

Cultural​

  • Mustard, because of its wide use as a condiment has become the world's most heavily traded spice with annual production exceeding 250,000 tons of mustard seeds.  France, of course, still produces what purists would consider classic, unadulterated mustard, even though very little mustard seed is actually grown in France (most of the world's supply comes from the plains of western Canada). Those Canadian growers see the demand for mustard — and the price for mustard seed — rise predictably after the start of the American baseball season (when hotdog vendors are racking up sales).

​Spiritual

  • Against all odds, mustard seeds are mentioned consistently across the Christian's Bible, Muslim's Quran, in Judaism philosophy, and in stories about Buddha. Mustard seeds are a measure of size or life, communicate relative insignificance, or describe the transformation from small seed to large plant.

Medicinal​

  • Mustard seeds are another one of these underrated spices with enormous health benefits. Take a look at the nutritional value box - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustard_seed. I guess we will need to switch our diets to cayenne, caraway, and mustard. To some extent since seeds are the nucleus from which life grows, it is no wonder that some punch way above their weight. Mustard seeds are known for their many healthy and nutritious properties. They are a good source of omega 3, fatty acids, iron, zinc, protein, calcium, and their magnesium content helps speed up the metabolism and improves digestion. They are a good source of selenium, which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects and can help reduce the severity of asthma, certain symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer. Mustard seeds have proven to reduce the frequency of migraines and consuming these seeds is known to help women suffering from disturbed sleep, associated with the menopause. Mustard seeds are known to have antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. The oil from mustard seeds is highly regarded in lowering high blood pressure.  Its low-calorie properties also help prevent heart attacks and diabetic heart disease.

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