Now, condiments were created exclusively to compliment meals. They add a punch to the general taste of the dish. Hence they are especially quite essential. Apart from the ketchup and mayonnaise, another really significant and defining condiment is none other than mustard. Mustard is a herb that serves as a spice. It has a variety of purposes ranging from mustard oil to the condiment that we all love! Every year, the first Saturday in August is celebrated as National Mustard Day. This article has all that you need to know about this special day!
History behind National Mustard Day
Mustard is obtained from the mustard plant that falls under the genera Brassica and Sinapis, belonging to the family Brassicaceae. Mustard is known to have originated in Rome, where rich Romans used it in their meals. Mustard Day was founded in the year 1988 by Jill Sengstock. Later on, the National Mustard Museum sponsored National Mustard Day in the year 1991.
Facts about Mustard
America is known to be the country that has the highest consumption of mustard. Yellow mustard is so popular in the United States that it is commonly called American Mustard.
Mustard is very healthy. It is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. It is rich in selenium, omega-3, omega-6, potassium, magnesium and calcium. It has anti-inflammatory properties, can lower blood pressure and speed up metabolism.
Prior to its status as a condiment, mustard was initially used as a medicinal plant. It was utilized by French monks to treat wounds. The Greeks used it to treat pain and indigestion. Mustard baths are a form of therapeutic treatment that can be used to treat fevers and seizures.
The National Mustard Museum was founded in 1986 by Barry Levenson, a mustard collector.
How to celebrate National Mustard Day?
The best way to celebrate National Mustard Day is to:
- Start by Googling all that you need to know about mustards (or you could just read this article)
- Go to the nearest market or grocery store and get some fresh ingredients
- Invite friends and family over
- Prepare the dish of your choice preferably burgers, hot dogs or barbecue
- Enjoy an amazing feast with a wonderful helping of condimental mustard
- Experiment with mustard to create mustard themed dishes
- If you are at Wisconsin, travel to Middleton and visit the National Mustard Museum to learn a lot about mustard and to sample different varieties of mustard
Why celebrate National Mustard Day?
Mustard is such an important condiment. One can’t imagine a hot dog without mustard. It has become tradition to have mustard to accompany ketchup in a variety of dishes. But National Mustard Day is not just about mustard, the condiment. Neither is it about the mustard plant. National Mustard is an amazing day that celebrates family and friendship. It gives us a reason to take a break and spend time with friends and family. Everyone knows that people connect best over a meal and no meal is ever complete without mustard!
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