The Story Of The Hot Dog's Favorite Condiment: Yellow Mustard

Mustard is synonymous with its famously bright-yellow color. Although mustard recipes can be found in Roman cook books dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries, yellow mustard is a newer phenomenon. The now-traditional yellow color of mustard was introduced in 1904. Yellow mustard premiered at the St. Louis World's Fair as a showy hot dog condiment, and it made a splash. The yellow color comes from turmeric rootstock, and has nothing to do with the mustard seed itself.

Why Mustard is Yellow

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The striking yellow color of classic mustard comes from the root stock of turmeric. 00:20

  2. Traditional yellow mustard is a combination of turmeric root stock powder, water, vinegar, mustard seed powder, and salts. 00:37

  3. Yellow mustard premiered at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 as a hot dog condiment. 02:36

Written by Curiosity Staff February 10, 2016

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