PUBLISHED IN HEMISPHERES – 2009

MOUTARDE DE BEAUNE
FALLOT MUTARDE DE BEAUN

A Seasoned History – When you dip into Dijon, you’re spreading a 700-year tradition.

FAME FOR THE PUNGENT CONDIMENT MUSTARD CAME IN THE 14TH CENTURY AFTER the Dukes of Burgundy threw a feast where revelers consumed 66 gallons of Dijon’s early version. The recipe perfected, this royal treat (Louis XI carried a crock) was decreed the Mustard of Dijon in 1390, becoming widely available. Maille (above) opened the first mustard boutique in Paris in 1747 and another 100 years later in Burgundy’s Dijon. Today, both serve three fresh and 52 packaged varieties. Originally, mustard crocks were filled at the stores. In the 1930s, Amora began offering mustard in a jar, thrilling thrifty French housewives with a reusable container. Postwar economics ceased the cultivation of mustard seed in Burgundy. Although nearly all mustard is still made there, 95 percent of the seed used is imported. Another blow to Dijon’s reputation came in 1981, when Grey Poupon was sold to a U.S. company, no longer to be made in France. Yet, this lively mustard is still a matter of French pride.

GREY POUPON MUSTARD
GREY POUPON MUSTARD

Pass the Poupon: Sales spiked an unprecedented 50-plus percent when Grey Poupon was marketed in the U.S.

 

FALLOT MUSTARD TRUCK
VINTAGE FALLOT MUSTARD DELIVERY TRUCK

Dijon has become the global generic for spicy mustard, but now pure Dijon must have Burgundy ties. Fallot, the last family-owned moutarderie, worked with Amora and Européenne de Condiments to form the Burgundy Mustard Association, official this year. The recipe and seeds must come from Burgundy, and 13 percent of the vinegar or wine, from Burgundy grapes. Fallot exports mustard that meets these standards. This resurgence of Burgundy mustard seed returns well-deserved honor to this centuries-old condiment. —Debra Amundson

SIDEBAR

Cutting the Mustard

Mustard being made by hand.
Making mustard by hand at Fallot.

La Moutarderie Fallot / For more on the history and the process of mustard making, take an interactive tour at La Moutarderie Fallot, housed in its original 1840s factory. The only mustard museum in Burgundy, Fallot will have you making your own mustard to bring home. Open end of March through end of November. Tours depart Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 31 Faubourg Bretonnière, Beaune; Tel: 33-3-80-22-0-02 or fallot.com Mustard Shops

MAILLE MUSTARD STORE PARIS
MAILLE MUSTARD STORE PARIS

Maille Mustard Boutique—Paris Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 6, place de la Madeleine, Paris; Tel: 33-1-40-15-06- 00 or maille.com Maille Mustard Boutique—Dijon Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 32, rue de la Liberté, Dijon; Tel: 33-3-80-30-41- 02 or maille.com

 

 

OLD TRAIN TRACKS
OLD TRAIN TRACKS TGV IS MUCH FASTER

Getting to Dijon Travelers can reach Dijon from Paris in about two hours via the TGV train; stay on for 20 minutes more and you’re
in the Côte-d’Or’s medieval Beaune.

 

12 thoughts on “A SEASONED HISTORY – Mustard in the Making

    1. Wow! Thank you. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it Dustin. Please keep coming back. You are the inspiration I look for.
      Rose

    1. There will be an update soon wth more information Burgundy Mustard. You have the history now watch for more.
      Thank you for reading Rose on the Roads.
      Rose

    1. Glad you liked it. Thank Hemispheres for publishing it. You can go to Burgundy Mustard for more information on mustard.
      Rose

    1. Thank you for your comment. I will repeat myself, thanks to Hemispheres for publishing it.
      Go to Burgundy Mustard for even more information on mustard. There will be an update soon on the new history of Dijon and Burgundy Mustard. Watch for it.
      Rose

    1. I appreciate all comments. Thank you for reading Rose on the Roads. I am repeating myself again, I thank Hemispheres for publishing it. Take a look at Burgundy Mustard for more. There will be an update on the new history of both Dijon and Burgundy Mustard soon.
      Rose

    1. Glad to help. You can find more information in Burgundy Mustards. I will be posting an article soon on the latest history of both Dijon and Burgundy Mustard. Think of it as history in the making.
      Rose

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