I’d like to ask people around me difficult dilemmas, for example ‘never brush your teeth again’ or ‘you can’t ever visit a hairdresser anymore’… ‘Always walk backwards’ or ‘you have to scream to everyone instead of speaking’… Another favourite one of my repertoire is ‘never eat mustard anymore in your life’ or ‘never one spoon of mayonnaise anymore’. Difficult. I love both. But in the end I will definitely dismiss the mayonnaise and go for the mustard. Not only because one can make mayonnaise yourself (when you have a spoon of mustard, egg yolk and vegetable oil), but also because in the end I like mustard more than mayonnaise. Mustard with cheese, mustard with German sausage, with Sauerkraut or Kale, mustard in a vinaigrette, dressing or marinade… Recently I was in Dijon – thé French mustard capital. Today I will show you around.
Edmond Fallot is an institute in the city of Dijon. Since 1840 they are specialises in making mustard.
The craftsman mustard maker know all about the grinding of the mustard seeds; in a stony grindstone which protects all the gustative qualities of the dough.
At Edmond Fallot you can taste different types of mustard by pressing the mustard pot. We tasted mustard with honey, mustard with basil, grain mustard, mustard with tarragon (lovely), mustard with Marc de Bourgogne and last but not least mustard with pain d’épice; a sort of ginger bread that is originally from Dijon.
Maille is probably the most well know mustard brand in France. La Maison Maille exists already since 1747 (270 years!) and is older than Edmond Fallot. Although Maille is a mustard producer in France for so long, they keep up to date to trends and design. I like their stoneware pots. They look chic and upmarket and are very good for presents or to place on your kitchen surface.
Mustard mustard mustard….
With Chablis wine, truffle, honey or balsamic….
Maille Stoneware mustard pots…
Truffle infused olive oil
Maille range of products.
More Mustard in Dijon
Besides Maille and Edmond Fallot there are many more mustard sellers in Dijon. Together with pain d’épice and crème de cassis it’s the most well know product of Dijon, and of the region.
Dijon is a great city for tourists. It has a lot to offer. It’s nice to plan a mustard tasting to either Edmond Fallot or Maille. Both shops, situated in the city center of Dijon, are open Monday – Saturday from 10.00 – 19.00 and Edmond Fallot is even open on a Sunday.
*Note: I have not been asked, paid or invited to write about Dijon – the French mustard capital. It was my own idea as I love mustard and as I loved Dijon. All images are mine, made with a Canon EOS M3 camera.