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What are condiments

There are many definitions of condiments, some very broad defining condiment as anything which can be added to the food to improve it or enhance it. For our purpose here, we define condiment as something that is put on the table so each diner can decided if and how much of condiment wants to add to his or her food.
Examples of condiments are:

  • salts,
  • sweeteners,
  • pickled food,
  • tapenades, olive pate, pesto
  • spicy condiments such as mustard, horseradish, wasabi, chili pepper.



Mustard seeds can be found in whole, ground, or condiment form. This hot and spicy ingredient is common to a variety of world cuisines. There are forty species of mustard, and they all belong to the cabbage family. Ground mustard is often mixed with water to form a paste. An especially hot variety is Chinese mustard. One of the most popular of the prepared mustard is the French Dijon, which has a rich depth of flavor. Like horseradish, mustard’s pungency affects the nasal passages.


Prepared horseradish can be hot or mild, but if it’s hot –watch out. Unlike the heat of chilies, which affects the tongue and lips, horseradish goes straight for the nose, clearing out the sinuses and bringing tears to the eyes. Horseradish is commonly used in Eastern European cooking.


Wasabi is a member of the horseradish family, wasabi is served as a condiment with sushi in Japanese cuisine. Available in powder, or already prepared as a green paste, a little wasabi goes a long way. Add some to vegan mayo or mashed potatoes for a little culinary excitement.