VINEGAR HISTORY

The term balsamico derives from the Latin word “balsamum” and from the Greek word “βάλσαμον”, in the sense of “restorative” or “curative”. The art of cooking the must of grapes come back to the ancient Romans: it was used both as a medicine and in the kitchen as a sweetener and condiment. The first accepted document referring to a precious vinegar produced in the area of Emilia is the poem written in the 12th century by a monk. The first testimonies clearly speaking about “balsamic vinegar”, as well as of recipes and making procedure appear from the 19th century.

PRODUCING BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Making process of the Balsamic vinegar starts from freshly squeezed grape…

Making process of the Balsamic vinegar starts from freshly squeezed grape juice and finishes with sensory evaluation of the aged vinegar.

From a technological perspective, basic steps are cooking of the grape must, alcoholic fermentation by yeasts, acetic oxidation by acetic acid bacteria, and slow aging within a barrel set (12-25 years).

Cooking of the grape juice is carried out in open vessels directly heated by fire for 12 – 24 hours reducing the grape juice by about 50%. It is possible to find cooked musts with sugar concentration beyond 50°.

BALSAMIC VINEGAR PROPERTIES

Balsamic vinegar is rich in antioxidants due to its high concentration of…

Balsamic vinegar is rich in antioxidants due to its high concentration of polyphenols present in the grapes. These chemicals play an important role in strengthening the immune system and fight free radicals. The concentration of bioflavonoids promotes longevity, slows the aging process and helps to live healthy.

WEIGHT CONTROL AND DIGESTION

The balsamic vinegar would have the ability to increase the amount of time spent by the body to food digestion. In this way we avoid the introduction of excess food because our body will have the chance to reach the sense of satiety. The balsamic vinegar helps digestion and maintain a healthy weight. It ‘a condiment fewer calories and less fat than other sauces, such as mayonnaise, and contains no cholesterol.

INSULIN CONTROL AND OTHER BENEFITS

The balsamic vinegar has interesting properties regarding the improvement of the regulation of blood sugar. Polyphenols present in the vinegar helps the enzymes to break down proteins into amino acids, as well as to help the metabolic processes. The balsamic vinegar reduces blood pressure and improves heart health. It promotes the absorption of calcium and magnesium. It has pain-relieving properties, especially in the case of migraine.

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