Read on to learn about the fascinating history of mayonnaise and its origins
Mayonnaise is one of the most popular condiments. It is made from the emulsification of eggs and oil. These two products are combined with an acidic liquid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Mayonnaise is an all-purpose condiment used for making sandwiches and burgers and as a binding material for chicken and mayonnaise salads. Due to its moisturizing properties, mayonnaise has multiple non-traditional culinary uses, such as being used as a chicken marinade or giving cakes a velvety texture, etc.
Mayonnaise is famous all across the globe and is a part of various cuisines belonging to different cultures. In this article, let us track the roots and origin of mayonnaise, its birthplace, and how it was invented.
The Origin of Mayonnaise
- Most historians agree that mayonnaise was invented in the 1800s. Historians trace the earliest footprints of mayonnaise to Egyptians and Romans, who used a combination of olive oil and egg as a dietary supplement. However, French chefs are credited for the current-day mayonnaise, which is a thick condiment made from a combination of fat, eggs, vinegar, and seasonings.
According to culinary historians, mayonnaise was first prepared by a French chef in 1756 as a part of a victory feast for capturing the Port Mahon located on the island of Minorca, Spain. In those days, sauces were prepared by combining cream and eggs. The French chef needed cream to prepare a sauce, but the cream was nowhere to be found. Therefore, he substituted it with olive oil.
- This impromptu addition resulted in the production of the first batch of mayonnaise which was well-received by all the guests, including the victorious Duke. The condiment was named “mayonnaise” in honor of its birthplace.
While this remains the most popular theory for the origin of current-day mayonnaise, Spanish historians also claim credit for the invention of mayonnaise. An alternate version of history tells us that the French chef learned the recipe from the locals of Minorca, Spain.
- Marie-Antonie Careme, The great French chef, is credited for improving the original recipe. He introduced the concept of lightening the mayonnaise by blending vegetable oil and egg yolks into an emulsion. His recipe and technique of preparing mayonnaise became popular worldwide.
Mayonnaise’s Footprints in America
- Mayonnaise made its intercontinental journey to America in the 19th century. Initially, mayonnaise was considered a luxury food item and was only served at fancy restaurants such as New York’s Delmonico. Richard Hellman, the founder of Hellman’s brand, can be credited for making mayonnaise a common kitchen item and making it accessible and affordable for the masses. As the story goes, in 1912, he opened a deli in New York City. Richard and his wife prepared mayonnaise at home and used it as binding material for mixing different salads. These salads were served at their deli.
Soon, the mayonnaise overshadowed the salads. In a short time, customers started inquiring Richard about the mayonnaise and whether it was sold separately. Upon realizing the immense popularity and demand for the condiment, the Hellman’s started manufacturing mayonnaise in bulk and selling it off. Their trademark mayonnaise was made with vinegar, sugar, salt, and other spices.
- Initially, the Hellman’s packed the mayonnaise in small wooden vessels. However, in no time, they switched to glass jars. As demand grew, they established their first mayonnaise manufacturing factory in Astoria, Oregon. In 1932, Best Foods Inc acquired Hellman’s brand.
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