German Mustard – A Brief Guide

German Mustard – A Brief Guide

German Mustard

"Whole Grain Mustard" by Jessica Spengler

Mustard is one of the most popular condiments on the planet, but did you know there were so many different varieties to choose from? There is English mustard, American mustard, French mustards, and of course, German mustards. Each mustard not only looks different, it also tastes very different as well. English mustard for example, is very hot and has quite a kick, whereas American mustard is sweet and mild. If there’s one nation that knows a thing or two about mustard however, it’s the Germans. German mustard tastes amazing, it is so diverse, and there are so many variations currently in existence. Here’s a more detailed look at German mustard, as we look at the different varieties available, which mustards go best with which dishes, and numerous other mustard-related facts we deem relevant.

German Mustard

"Pretzel" by Kathryn Yengel

Hot mustards – Dusseldorf mustards are hugely popular in Germany and are considerably less sharp and acidic than other mustards from around the world. Dusseldorf mustard varieties for example, have a reputation for being fairly spicy, so they provide quite a kick. Whilst they aren’t as fierce as English mustards, Dusseldorf mustards still pack a punch. These hot mustards are traditionally used in authentic German dishes such as Senfrostbraten, which is a roasted steak dish served with mustard. If you had to compare it to another mustard from around the world, it would probably be compared with Dijon mustard from France. The main difference however, would be that this mustard is much spicier. It comes from whole mustard seeds rather than powder, and has been made in Germany for centuries upon centuries. 

German Snail Sausage with Mustard

"German snail sausage" by Sandip Bhattacharya

Sweet mustards – Sweet mustards primarily originate in Bavaria and they are taken very seriously by the locals. Traditionally served with various wursts (sausages) sweet Bavarian mustards add different depths and flavors to these meaty dishes. In truth, serving these sausages with any condiment other than sweet Bavarian mustard, would be tantamount to treason. Okay, a slight exaggeration there but you get the picture. Bavarian mustard is traditionally made with roasted and coarsely ground mustard seeds which are then sweetened with apple juice, honey, vinegar, and sugar.

German Mustard with Sausage and Sauerkraut

Medium mustards – If you don’t like your mustard to sweet, but you don’t like it too fierce either, a medium mustard is perfect. Medium mustards are often created by combining brown and yellow mustard seeds, and actually, medium mustards are the most popular types of mustard in Germany. Medium mustards are served with a variety of meaty dishes, including Bratwurst. In many Eastern German states, the locals actually combine this mustard with horseradish, to give it a creamy, yet distinctive flavor that works very well with sauerkraut.

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