- Mustard is a condiment that has its flavour adapted to the country and culture consuming it.
- German mustard varies from sweet to spicy and wholegrain.
- Yellow mustard is popular in the US and often served on hot dogs.
- Italian fruit mustard (mostarda di frutta) includes sweet fruits.
- Japanese mustard is made with horseradish and is best for those who like spicy foods.
Flavours and cultural palettes are wonderfully diverse and because of that, mustard has morphed into a veritable cornucopia of flavours around the world.
These are just a few of the type of mustard you’ll find around the world.
Dijon mustard originated in France.
The Cadillac of mustards was originally crafted in the city of Dijon in the Burgundy region of France. It’s a fairly simple recipe of ground up mustard seeds mixed with white wine, vinegar, and salt. Originally, instead of vinegar, juice from unripe grapes was used to get the distinctly tart kick into this creamy mustard.
Yellow mustard is an American classic.
Everyone knows this stuff. It’s the bright yellow condiment found right next to the ketchup at every baseball stadium around the US. The colouring doesn’t only come from mustard seeds though. Turmeric is added to punch up that yellow to neon levels of brightness. American mustard, or yellow mustard, is also the most mild-mannered of the mustard flavours on our list which makes it perfect for that BBQ hot dog.
English mustard has wheat flour in it.
Who knew that the English loved a bit of kick with their mustard. English mustard is made from both white and brown or black seeds, wheat flour, and turmeric, English mustard comes as a powder that provides an abrupt kick of spicy flavour to any dish.
Bavarian sweet mustard is often eaten at breakfast time.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed an Oktoberfest celebration has probably delved into the delightful varieties making up German mustards. Bavarian sweet mustard is a classic accompaniment to Weisswurst, a white Bavarian veal sausage. It compliments the tender richness of the sausage with a sweet bite of bittersweet.
German mustard is usually served with Bratwurst.
For richness of mustard flavour, it’s hard to beat German mustard. Most authentic recipes call for the mustard flour (or seeds) pureed with white vinegar, honey (or sugar), water, and salt. It’s then often served with Bratwurst.
Italian fruit mustard (mostarda di frutta) includes sweet fruits.
Mostarda di frutta is the Italian spin on mustard. In addition to the usual ingredients of mustard seeds and vinegar, Italians include sweet fruits like figs and cherries bathed in sugar and honey to make their mustard complex with a hint of sweetness. They also add wine to meld the flavours together and add a deeper flavour.
Japanese mustard is best for those who like spicy foods.
Japanese mustard, otherwise known as karashi, is a yellow mustard used for Natto, Oden, and many other foods. The mustard is a lot spicier than American yellow mustard thanks to the addition of horseradish. It can be purchased in powder or paste form.
Creole mustard has a rich, hearty flavour.
Down in the melting pot of Louisiana, you’ll find a spectacular flavour of mustard in many New Orleans dishes. Creole mustard is made with a higher concentration of mustard seeds, but that flavour is tempered with a variety of Creole spices like celery seeds, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.
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