Starting with only 40 hectares of mustard crops in Alberta in 1936, Canada has now become the worldâ€™s largest exporter of this ancient condiment. How? Simple: the Canadian prairies have ideal conditions for the drought-resistant, cool-weather crop.
Today, research is focussed on producing varieties fine-tuned for improved nutritional benefits. The hub for much of this research is theÂ Saskatoon Research and Development Centre. Here, scientists have created new yellow and brown mustard varieties with reduced oil and increased protein content.
Canadian mustardâ€™s uses extend far beyond food, as well. From environmentally friendly pesticides, to a bio-diesel additive, to a natural fertilizer, the world will soon see even more advanced applications for Canadian mustard. But donâ€™t fret: making sure hot dogs and hamburgers have that extra zip will always be a top priority.
- Canada is the worldâ€™s largest producer of mustard seed.
- The United States is Canadaâ€™s largest market accounting for nearly 50% (60,000 metric tonnes per year) of Canadaâ€™s total mustard seed exports.