Mustard is one of our classic in-store French products; one brand to be found in our grocery department, Edmond Fallot, has an amazing history dating back to 1840.
Leon Bouley founded the family-run business, a mustard mill and oil production facility in Burgundy, which became well known for its excellent mustard. The grandson of Edmond Fallot now runs the state-of-the art facility producing those same mustards.
Mustard production in France dates back to 1292 when the first records can be found that describe mustard making and the ‘moutadier’ or mustard maker. Until the 1850s, mustard production had been a labour-intensive process, like much food production at the time, and the new mechanisation that began to revolutionise the industry resulted in regulations being created to safeguard quality and taste. These were updated as recently as 2000. Fallot is one of the most well-known and last true craftsman of mustards in France today.
Dijon is one of the most widespread varieties of mustard a many although many don’t know where it even began. Mustard plant cultivation in Asia dates back much further than in France and its uses are quite different than those we have come to love from the delicious mustards of Burgundy. The limestone terroir of the region that makes the regional wine of Burgundy so special was also good for mustard production so it became a region of choice for producers.
Dating back to 1390, production became more established and regulated with the establishment of the City of Dijon Corporation of Vinegar and Mustard Makers in 1634; the corporation safeguarded techniques and regulated production meaning we can today still have the same great-tasting mustard.
Alongside our imported lines, we have New Zealand-produced mustards from Mustardmakers. Morag and John Stanbrook have been producing jams and chutneys for well over 10 years, however now they focus on mustard. You’ll find their offering on our mustard shelf in the grocery department. Pick some up next time you are in store