National Mustard Museum…

With this post I am starting a new Saturday thing called “In Search of America”. I actually intended to make this a separate blog but just got too lazy to keep that up. So I will be doing it here on a weekly basis. It will primarily be about places I have visited and my search to understand what made this country what is it today. Let me know how you like it.


A mustard museum? Who would have guessed?  We recently spend a long weekend touring Madison Wisconsin and came across this oddity. It was fun to tour the store and museum. I learned more about mustard than I ever probably cared to know. 🙂

If you want to hear the reasons behind the museum you should read this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel entitled Sweet to hot, mighty mustard gives any dish flair .  Here is an excerpt to peek your curiosity:

Shakespeare wrote about mustard in four of his plays. In the Bible, a tiny mustard seed is sown to become “the greatest among herbs.”

Salsa may be the most popular condiment in the United States, and ketchup king with the under-10 set, but mustard is found in great literature and earliest recorded history. Egyptians chewed mustard seeds with meat. Romans ground seeds tableside with wine. Greeks slurped mustard-spiced stews.

With 700 million pounds consumed worldwide annually, you can bet there are more ways to enjoy mustard than simply slathered on a brat. Mustard is one of the most widely used and consumed spices in the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where it’s grown.

If you are ever in the Madison Wisconsin area and have a few hours to spend visit the museum. You will never forget the experience.

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