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 product.

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.


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