Dijon Mustard, Cutting It in France

Article originally appeared in The Daily Basics – A Lifestyle Directory

Did you know? Dijon mustard comes from France and was sold in Paris as a vinegar relish that people sprayed on their bodies to fend off the plague. Dijon, when speaking about mustard, refers to the process that is used to make the spicy version of our favorite condiment using vinegar along with mustard seeds. English versions do not use vinegar and taste stronger. French Dijon is smoother and a more mild kick. Today, the best and oldest brand for mustard (moutarde) in France is Maille.

Outside Paris in the small city of Dijon, Maille’s famous shop is the best place to find the most unusual flavor mustards in the world. Each is packed into pint sized elegant looking pots and conveniently bundled into small gift bags that travel easily. Imagine tasting mustard with asparagus and pink peppercorns or Chablis mustard with Crème de Cassis for starters. There are dozens of combinations to choose from to suit any palette.

On display and ready for purchase are adorable ceramic pots with wooden spoons to serve your mustard they way the French do. I bought an adorable Quimper mini mustard pot as a souvenir to keep me smiling until the next time I visit the charming home to mustard – Dijon.

If travel to France is not in your immediate plans, order directly from Maille online and begin enjoying that mustard kick soon. Can’t wait to have some shipped over from France? I found one variety at Dean & DeLuca in the US online.

Maille: 32, rue de la Liberté, 21000 Dijon, France

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  • forest
    Posted at 03:03h, 18 April Reply

    interesting….didn’t know that about the plague!

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    Posted at 12:05h, 26 March Reply

    I’m lucky I can find Maille mustard in my mainstream grocery; it’s my preferred brand though I just love mustard – now I need one of those jars!

  • Barbara Elza Hirsch
    Posted at 11:59h, 26 March Reply

    Aah, Dijon!!! Brings back my childhood memories! I should add that not only is this mustard delicious, but this region in France, called Burgundy, is a delight. Bon appétit et merci pour le post!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 14:05h, 26 March Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      So glad you liked the Dijon post. I loved the entire Burgundy region – especially wine tasting in the Grand Cru areas!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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