Flower of mustard plant.
Some of the interesting facts about mustard:
Mustard is one of the world's oldest spices and condiments known to mankind!
In India and Denmark, it is believed that spreading mustard seeds around the external sides of the homes keeps away the evil spirits!
The American mustard consumption rate is the highest in the world!
The national mustard day and the mustard festival, are both celebrated on the first Saturday of August every year!
The name mustard is derived from the Latin words 'mustum ardens', meaning 'burning wines' and it is so named due to the unique flavor of the crushed mustard seeds mixed with wine grapes.
The Mount Horab Mustard Museum in Wisconsin is entirely dedicated to the mustard plant! It stores a collection of 5000 jars of mustard, brought from 60 countries and 50 states! One of the most amusing mustard plant facts!
The popular saying, "can't cut the mustard" means 'can't live up to a challenge'!
There are no plausible explanations about how this saying originated as mustards are plants that can be easily sliced!
The 'Triangle of U' is a popular theory that establishes the unique relation between various species of mustard plants spread all over the world! It was given in 1935 by Woo Jang-choon, a Korean botanist!
Mustard was known for its medicinal benefits before the popular culinary uses. Greeks used mustard paste to cure toothache, boost appetite and improve blood circulation.
More than 700 million pounds of mustard are consumed worldwide every year!