The History of Dijon Mustard

by Weekend In Paris


Decorative Quimper Dijon mustard jar

The history of Dijon mustard

Did you know that 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, 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 has a more mild kick to it. Today, the most famous and oldest brand for mustard (moutarde) in France is Maille.

Dijon mustard and decorative mustard jars sold here

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 suit any palette.

On display and ready for purchase are adorable ceramic pots with wooden spoons to serve your mustard they way the locals 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?



32, rue de la Liberté, 21000

Dijon, France

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forest April 18, 2012 - 3:03 am

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

Weekend In Paris March 26, 2012 - 2:05 pm

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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