Gourmet Mustards

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Gourmet mustards come in many varieties and flavors for lovers of this ancient spice blend. Mustard is often called the "spice of nations," and nearly every culinary culture has a mustard associated with it. It has long been used to spice up a variety of foods, as a condiment, dipping sauce, and dressing seasoning. Cultivation of the mustard seed has a long and rich tradition in cultures all over the world.

Mustard seed has an extensive history not only as a culinary spice, but as a medicinal tool as well. Greeks and Romans used mustard externally to relieve many different kinds of aches and pains. It is still used today in the form of a plaster to relieve congestion in the chest.

Gourmet Mustards--A Healthy Choice!

Mustard is very low in fat, calories, and cholesterol, which makes it the perfect alternative to mayonnaise as both a condiment and dip base, among other things. Gourmet mustards complete with exciting recipes are available on the Internet from many specialty foods providers. I like to make a teriyaki mustard sauce to use as a marinade for meats or as a stir-fry seasoning.

New gourmet mustards are being formulated every year as people become better acquainted with its countless possibilities. There are mustards available for a variety of seasoning and snacking ideas, from a spicy horseradish mustard to a sweet dijon mustard. There are even mustards with added fruits which makes a sweet taste treat to add to sandwiches and salads.


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