MUSTARD – A Canadian Story
Mild white mustard grows wild in North Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean Europe, and has spread farther by long cultivation; oriental mustard, originally from the foothills of the Himalaya, is grown commercially in India, Canada, the UK, Denmark and the US. Black mustard is grown in Argentina, Chile, the US and some European countries.
Canada and Nepal are the world’s major producers of mustard seed, between them accounting for around 57% of world production in 2010.
There has been recent research into varieties of mustards that have a high oil content for use in the production of biodiesel, a renewable liquid fuel similar to diesel fuel. The biodiesel made from mustard oil has good cold flow properties and cetane ratings. The leftover meal after pressing out the oil has also been found to be an effective pesticide