August 3: Mustard Day

Happy Mustard Day, everybody! To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never blogged about a condiment before. And while I do love my honey mustard dressing, I’m generally a ketchup girl, as far as condiments go. Still, mustard is so much more than just a hot dog topping.

mustard flowersMustard is apparently a very pretty flower. –>

Mustard seeds make a great seasoning.

Mustard leaves can be used to make a salad.

Mustard can also be used as a pesticide (see here)

Mustard might be usable as biodiesel fuel (here).

mustardIn addition, mustard has a bit of a history. Jesus mentions the mustard plant in all three synoptic gospels. Then, several centuries later, King Richard II’s chefs published a cookbook in 1390 called The Forme of Cury. This book contained a recipe for mustard balls – ground mustard seed made into a ball with flour, cinnamon, and water. These mustard balls could be stored until needed, when they were combined with vinegar or wine to make a paste.

A few hundred years after that, William Shakespeare himself mentioned mustard in his play Henry IV. In other words, this is a condiment with a history behind it! Happy Mustard Day!

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Luke 17:6

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