Sandwiches are a convenient lunch, in addition to being the subtlest way to publicly slip someone $700 crumpled up to look like lettuce. Eat some greens with this Groupon.
- $12 for four Groupons, each good for one sandwich ($24 total value)
Four Things to Know About Mustard
Naturally, mustard is an option for gluing your sandwiches together here. Learn how venerable this condiment is with Groupon’s exploration.
1. Mustard is quite simple—and very, very old. Mustard is made from crushed mustard seeds and liquid, and some form of it has been on the dinner table for centuries. Ancient Romans would grind mustard seeds at their meals; ancient Sumerians would add the tart liquid squeezed from unripened grapes, called mustum in Latin. Even King Tut’s tomb was equipped with enough mustard seeds to last an afterlife. Today’s versions typically include vinegar, and the yellow stuff gets its color from turmeric. The seeds may be ground to powder or only lightly crushed, depending on the desired texture and flavor.
2. Don’t get enough veggies? Eat more mustard. The mustard plant is related to broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts—aside from producing tasty bitter greens itself—and its seeds have significant quantities of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and vitamin B1.
3. Grey Poupon's French-sounding name isn't just a marketing ploy. Once the Romans brought mustard seed to Gaul, monks there planted it and had a decent mustard business going by the 9th century. The city of Dijon later became known for its contributions, and in 1777, Maurice Grey and Antoine Poupon opened their first mustard shop there. The brand says it’s stuck with the same recipe, which like all Dijon mustards includes a little white wine, ever since.
4. The French are still first in mustard consumption by capita, though not by total weight. The U.S. takes the latter honor, consuming about 12 ounces per person per year while each French citizen eats 1.5 pounds on National Mustard-Guzzling Day. Canada, however, takes on the largest share of commercial mustard production.