Mayonnaise – obviously more convenient to be called mayo for short – is a creamy, white condiment which you are probably far from unfamiliar with but not as much as the people from the 11 countries that consume the most mayonnaise. Moving on through our lists of countries which consume the most in various types of food (see the 11 countries that consume the most milk), in this one we will look into the countries with special affinity towards this popular sauce. In salads, on sandwiches, on meat and vegetables alike and in any other combination you could ever think of, there will surely be at least a handful of people who will love it. Mayonnaise has become one of the most widespread “sauce” types together with ketchup and mustard. Today it is used all around the world, from the ordinary home kitchens to the sophisticated restaurants in which only the higher classes of society can afford to eat.
Mayonnaise saw its conception at some point in the 19th century, although it is said that it could have been invented long before that. While certain sources claim that mayo has a kind of an ambiguous, almost anecdotal discovery going back as far as the 15th century, there are no sources to back it up. The closest source of a recipe that resembles modern day mayonnaise dates back to the mid 19th century and uses a type of jelly instead of the traditional eggs. Speaking of eggs, your (possibly) loved and sought after white sauce was and still is traditionally made by slowly adding any type of oil to an egg yolk while mixing it either in a mortar and pestle or with a whisk. Some people like to add additional flavoring such as a bit of mustard, vinegar or various spices and herbs.
No matter how you like yours, though, mayonnaise is loved all around the world. Some nations are borderline obsessed with it and use it for everything from a sauce or dressing to the base of a whole dish. Let’s take a look at some examples.