Welcome to Discoveries at the Jungle, where each month we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting, flavorful and sometimes bizarre international items Jungle Jim’s has to offer. This month, we’re featuring condiments from around the world! So far this year we have focused on coffee, tea, snacks, pasta, candy, and cookies, so if you missed those posts, make sure you go back and give them a read.
The term condiment comes from the Latin condimentum, meaning "spice, seasoning, sauce" and from the Latin condere, meaning "preserve, pickle, season.” Condiments were known in Ancient Rome, Ancient India, Ancient Greece, and Ancient China. There is a myth that before food preservation techniques were widespread, pungent spices and condiments were used to make the food more palatable. The Romans made the condiments garum and liquamen by crushing the meat of various fish and fermenting it in salt, leading to a flourishing condiment industry. Apicius, a cookbook based on 4th and 5th century cuisine, contains a section based solely on condiments.
We have come a long way in terms of condiments since then. Even the original fish sauces, tahini, vinegars, and mustards are still around, we just put our own modern twists on them. This month, we are featuring condiments from all corners of the world. Some pay homage to the early days, while others are decidedly more modern. Come in and spice up your dishes with condiments from the Jungle!
Hengstenberg Mustard from Germany
Hengstenberg Mustard has been family owned and operated since 1877. They offer medium, medium hot, hot, and sweet flavors and take pride in their mustard plants being naturally pollinated by bees. Try their mustard on sandwiches, sauces and grilled meats!
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 19 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 6
Did you know? As members of Brassica or Sinapis genera, mustard plants are close relatives to a surprising variety of common vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, and cabbage.
Maille Mustards from France
Maille has been making mustard since 1747 and their know-how and craftsmanship shows. Specialists today keep the original recipes alive even today, with an astounding 84 different varieties of mustards. We are featuring their Old Style Dijon, Honey Dijon and their Original Dijon mustards, which would go great in potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pastas, or your traditional hamburger.
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: French Section // Eastgate Location: Yellow 4
Did you know? Mustard was first recorded as being prepared by wealthy Romans, who mixed wine and mustard seeds and added it to their meals.