Did you know...
• It was the mustard condiment, not the mustard plant, that was originally called mustard. The English name, mustard, is derived from a contraction of the Latin mustum ardens, meaning burning wine. The condiment got its name because it was made by grinding the seeds of what was once called the senvy plant into a paste and mixing it with must (an unfermented wine.)
• Canada is the world's largest producer of mustard seed.
• A one acre field of mustard produces 1 ton of seed, which produces 880kg of mustard flour which produces 4760kg of wet mustard, which produces 47,600 jars of mustard.
• The Chinese say to store mustard upside down to make it hotter.
• It is said that one tablespoon of mustard will stop the hickups.
• Pope John XXII was so fond of mustard that he created a new Vatican position known as "grand moutardier du pape" and promptly filled that post with his nephew?
• King Louis XI is said to have traveled with his own royal mustard pot, in case his hosts didn't serve it.
• The first medical mention of it is in the Hippocratic writings, where it was used for general muscular relief.
• Mustard helps stimulate appetite and digestion, and clears the sinuses in much the same way as chiles, which are said to be as effective as commercial decongestants.
• Mustard flour sprinkled in your socks is said to help save your toes from frostbite, a claim which is also made about cayenne pepper and other spices containing volatile oils.
• A spoonful of mustard contains only a few calories.
Commonly asked questions:
• How is mustard heat different from pepper heat?
Heat from mustard comes from a volatile oil released when mustard seed is mixed with water. In very hot mustards the "heat" travels up the nose, even making your eyes water. It then dissipates, which we think is a favorable feature of mustard. Pepper heat, on the other hand, is concentrated in the mouth. It does not dissipate quickly.
• Where did the expression "to cut the mustard" came from?
It's another way of saying to accomplish or to meet expectations. Its true origins are said to go back to the turn of the last century when to be the proper mustard was a slang phrase meaning to be the real thing, possibly because some mustards of the period did not contain the purest ingredients. O'Henry coined it in 1907, in Heart of the West, where he speaks of "looking around and finding a proposition that exactly cut the mustard." So, the words refer to many things besides the spice, which has the most amazing significance of all.
• What's the best way to remove a mustard stain?
(Before you start trying to remove the mustard, please be sure to read the labels on everything that you're going to use.)
Step One: Remove any hard or wet mustard to prepare the fabric for cleaning. To remove hard mustard take a butter knife and carefully lift up the hardened mustard. To remove wet mustard use a papertowel and blot the stain.
Step Two: Sponge the stain with a sponge of cool water.
Step Three: Pour a small amount of powder detergent over the mustard stain. Use your fingertip to rub the detergent into the stain. Let the fabric sit for about five minutes to let the powder soak into the garment. Step Four: Rinse the garment in cool water to remove the powder detergent. Gently wring out the water and make sure that the detergent has been rinsed out.
Step Five: Apply a stain remover to the mustard stain and wash normally. After washing check for the stain. If the stain is removed air dry the garment.
Step Six: Repeat steps number two though five if the stain is still present. If the stain does not come out after several attempts take it to your local dry cleaner.
Warning: Do not dry the garment in the dryer if the stain does not come out. Drying the fabric in a high heat can cause the stain to set in!
Col. Mustard card in the U.S. board game Clue
Who is Colonel Mustard?
Cluedo (Clue in North America) is a classic crime fiction board game originally published by Waddingtons at their peak in the United Kingdom in 1948. It is now published by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. The board game and the associated 1985 film Clue contains six murder suspects. They typically represent "types" or stock characters of European and American high society. Colonel Mustard is the stock character of a Great White Hunter and colonial buffoon. He is a military man with a European heritage and a tendency for botching things, both dignified and dangerous.
So you think is was it Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Revolver?