Health & Fitness: French forced to eat ‘mustard of the Germans’

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There is a shortage of Dijon mustard in France Ed Rooney/Alamy Stock Photo © Ed Rooney/Alamy Stock Photo There is a shortage of Dijon mustard in France Ed Rooney/Alamy Stock Photo

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French diners are being forced to eat horseradish sauce, which they disparagingly nickname the “mustard of the Germans,” due to a shortage of Dijon mustard. A heatwave in Canada last year has led to a shortage of the seeds that go into Dijon mustard, the spicy variety that is highly popular in France, said The Times. The development has been a “dent to French pride”, because “most people had assumed that Dijon mustard was French through and through, with seeds from the fields of Burgundy”.

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