National Mustard Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. Since Americans use more mustard than any other country, here are some fun mustard facts and a new recipe to try.
Mustard is made from the ground seeds of the white, brown or black varieties of the mustard plant:
White mustards (Sinapis alba or Brassica alba): The seeds are the largest of the varieties, light yellow in color and exhibit a mild spiciness.
Brown mustards (Brassica juncea): The seeds are native to sub-Himalayan plains of Northern India.
Black mustards (Brassica nigra): The seeds are commonly seen in South Asia. The seeds are sharp and more pungent than other two varieties.
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Whole mustard seeds have no flavor and/or smell. It is only after the seeds are crushed and mixed with water that the strong taste of mustard is released. Mustard seeds are rich in anti-oxidants, calcium, phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins (especially niacin and other Bs) and dietary fiber.
The mustard leaves are not only tasty but good for you. They are abundant in Vitamin A and C, antioxidants, calcium and iron while they are low in calories and carbs.
Mustard Based BBQ Sauce
2 cups prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vinegar
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the mustard, honey, brown sugar and vinegar.
Bring to a boil, and let simmer 10 minutes.
Cool and store covered in refrigerator
Marinade meat or poultry in the sauce for 30-45 minutes before cooking.
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One last fun mustard fact: Pope John Paul XXII loved mustard so much that in the early 1300’s he created a new Vatican position of mustard-maker to the pope ~ Grand Moutardier Du Pape.
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