Mustard: Little Seed on the Prairie
Starting with only 40 hectares of mustard crops in Alberta in 1936, Canada has now become the world'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 focused on producing varieties fine-tuned for improved nutritional benefits and better crop yields. The hub for much of this research is the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre. Here, scientists have created new yellow, brown and oriental mustard varieties with reduced oil and increased protein content, and higher crop yields.
Canadian mustard'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 don't fret: making sure hot dogs and hamburgers have that extra zip will always be a top priority.
- Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of mustard seed.
- The United States is Canada's largest market accounting for approximately 52% (67,500 metric tonnes in 2016) of Canada's total mustard seed exports.
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