Planet China

Seeds of doubt

China’s billionaires have picked up a taste for expensive first growth Bordeaux and aged whisky. Fuling Zhacai Group is hoping to add high-priced mustard to the local wish-list. According to the Qianjiang Evening News, the company is charging Rmb2,200 for a 600 gram packet of super-premium Chenxiang Mustard. The company says the delicacy is produced using an ancient Sichuanese method: the tuber is naturally dehydrated by the wind and, after being salted and pressed, is put into jars that are dropped to the bottom of the Wujiang River. There it stays for at least three years (the very best mustard is preserved for eight years).

Culinary masterpiece or commercial ploy? The newspaper reports that netizens are split. One responded with a post incorporating 200 mentions of the word “ridiculous”. Another praised Chenxiang as the “Louis Vuitton of mustards”.

Fuling Zhacai executives claim the product makes an excellent gift.


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