Discover the unique balsamic vinegars from Spain
What is Balsamic Vinegar and how is it made?
Balsamic vinegar is a very dark, concentrated and intensely flavoured vinegar originating in Italy. It is made wholly or partially from grape must, freshly crushed grape juice with all the skins, seeds and stems.
Balsamic vinegar is a flavoursome, aromatic vinegar that has a leaf grading system to discern their quality. However, white vinegar is more acidic and stronger in nature, also used for laboratory and cleaning purposes. Balsamic vinegar, on the other side, is used purely for cooking purposes.
It may be imitation balsamic, which is just vinegar (no grape must) with added thickeners and sweeteners.
Is balsamic vinegar better than apple cider vinegar?
Both types of vinegar provide minor sources of minerals, including healthful amounts of potassium. Balsamic provides 18mg of potassium per tablespoon, while apple cider only has 11mg. Balsamic’s antioxidants also help lower LDL cholesterol, while apple cider works similarly to lower lower blood lipid levels.
How can you tell real balsamic vinegar?
Traditional balsamic vinegar is always labelled Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale and carries a DOP. (“Denominazione di Origine Protetta”) stamp. This label is a European Union certification that guarantees an ingredient’s quality, production, and place of origin. The only ingredient is grape must.
Is balsamic vinegar good for you?
Improves skin health. Balsamic vinegar contains antimicrobial compounds, acetic acid, and antioxidants. It also reduces blood sugar and promotes healthy digestions.
Besides, it lowers cholesterol, promotes weight loss, treat wounds and reduces hypertension. Finally, it relieves congestion.