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Colman's English Mustard

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Colman's English Mustard

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Colman's English Mustard

Here’s an icon that can really make your eyes water – and we’re not just talking about its nostalgia value! It all started with a flour miller called Jeremiah Colman who began manufacturing his distinctive mustard powder at a water mill near Norwich. The company moved to Carrow on the outskirts of the city in 1850, and still produces its mustard there today. Colman’s is a blend of brown and white mustard seeds, which are washed, crushed, sieved and gradually reduced to a fine powder. Marketed as The Not-so-Mellow Yellow, it’s also available as made mustard, with water, sugar, salt, wheat flour, turmeric and citric acid added to the mix. The bull’s head logo was introduced to Colman’s packaging in 1855. Mustard aficionados might like to know that there’s a Colman’s Mustard Shop in Norwich, which includes a museum, as well as mustard products and memorabilia.

Photo: Maria Gibbs


Your comments

World famous English brand.

John Bavister

I remember being told as a child that Mr Colman said he made his fortune from the leftovers that people threw away after mixing up mustard for Sunday dinner.
Rosemary Ralph

Robust, powerful, can also make your eyes water, truely English.
Alan Taylor

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I nominate the red pillar box.

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