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July 2012

Mustard is among the oldest prepared condiments. Ancient Egyptians are thought to be the first to grind mustard seed with vinegar and salt to make the condiment that is so popular today. The name mustard is derived from the Latin contraction, mustum ardens, meaning ‘burning must’ or ‘burning wine,’ referring to the sharp, pungent heat of mustard seed when it's crushed and mixed with must, young wine or unfermented juice grapes.

Mustard was a medicinal herb, long before being appreciated for its culinary attributes. Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and scientist, wrote of mustard's healing properties around 500 BC. One hundred years later Hippocrates used mustard seed to prepare numerous effective poultices and medicines. In traditional Ayurvedic / Eastern medicine, mustard seed is valued as a purifier and a stimulant for energy, circulation, and heat. Modern study has identified a class of compounds in the seeds called isothiocyanates. They are responsible for mustard's heat and are known to have powerful protective effect in stimulating the immune system.

Cut the Mustard

At the turn of the last century some mustards were being made without the purest ingredients, especially yellow mustards. Mustards made with the purest ingredients were said to be ‘proper’ mustards. In 1907, this inspired the author O. Henry to coin the phrase “to cut the mustard,” a slang meaning “to accomplish or to meet one's expectations.” The bright yellow mustard that Americans slather on sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers doesn't ‘cut the mustard’ in our opinion. Many contain little mustard seed and are made with distilled vinegar, a petrochemical derivative, so-called natural flavors, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, and irradiated spices. If this is the kind of mustard you are accustomed to, you will be delighted and amazed when you taste ‘proper’ mustard… Organic EDEN Mustard. It's the flavor you expect, only impressively better tasting, and much more healthful.

Traditionally Prepared, Patiently Aged

Organic EDEN Mustard is made of family farm Saskatchewan, organically grown, stone ground mustard seed. Our Yellow Mustard is milder, sweeter, yellow mustard seed, Brassica alba, blended with raw organic apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and an ideal blend of organic turmeric, organic paprika, and organic garlic. EDEN Brown Mustard's pleasant zing comes from the spicier brown mustard seed, Brassica juncea, blended with raw organic apple cider vinegar and sea salt, nothing more. Both are kosher, Gluten Free and available in glass, or in a handy bisphenol-A (BPA) free, #2 plastic squeeze bottle with a twist spout.

Patient aging melds and mellows both traditional recipes for smooth, deep flavor. EDEN Brown Mustard and EDEN Yellow Mustard are simple, irresistible, pure condiments that enhance both well-being and eating enjoyment.