The English word "mustard"
derives from the Anglo-Norman mustarde and Old French mostarde. The
first element is ultimately from Latin mustum, ("must", young wine)
– the condiment was originally prepared by making the ground seeds
into a paste with must. The second element comes also from Latin
ardens, (hot, flaming). It is first attested in English in the late
13th century, though it is found as a surname a century earlier.
My name is Erna Roos and I started
making and selling ERNA's
Homemade Mustard Sauce in 1992, in Empangeni KZN.
It is an old family recipe that we used to make for home use only.
It all began when I helped a friend with catering for a VIP party.
All those present, including local businessmen, loved the mustard so
much, that the next day the manager of the local butchery called to
request a few bottles of the mustard to sell in his butchery.
The very next day it was all sold out and that is how the business
started growing to where it is today, two decades later.
My husband and children have supported me since day one and since my
husband retired, he is now helping me fulltime in the business.
Besides being the Financial Manager, he also takes care of the fetch-and-carry and deliveries.
I am passionate and deeply committed to producing a genuine
homemande mustard sauce, using only high quality fresh ingredients.
I have moved from Empangeni KZN to Gauteng, where I now operate.
ERNA's Homemade Mustard Sauce is still a genuine homemade product
and prides itself in quality and customer service.
The number of outlets throughout South Africa are a testimony to my
I have had wonderful response to the different flavours and people
phone me with tips that they have tried using the sauces in their
own recipies and dishes.