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Balsamic Vinegar


Taste Profile

Balsamic vinegar has a sweet and sour flavor.

Usage Tips

  1. Traditional balsamic vinegar should not be cooked but drizzled over cooked food as heat will destroy its flavour. The other varieties can be used in salads, dressings, sauces, marinades, and while cooking fish and poultry.
  2. Balsamic vinegar is great for pickling food.
  3. It is best stored in a cool dark place in order to preserve the flavors. Avoid letting it come in contact with other pungent ingredients.

Common names and forms

  1. Aged Balsamic Vinegar


Balsamic vinegar is a dark coloured, strong, but sweet variety of grape vinegar whose origins lie in Italy. It is obtained from white Trebbiano grapes, which are first pressed to extract juice, referred to as "must" which is then boiled and finally left to be aged for years in wooden barrels. The barrels can be from different woods, such as mulberry, oak, cherry, chestnut, juniper which add to the flavour of the vinegar. Once the vinegar matures, it's removed from the barrels, distilled and then collected. Then it is packaged and sold. Balsamic vinegar has its roots in Modena and Reggio-Emilia, two regions in Italy where strict protocols are followed to maintain the quality of balsamic vinegar. They always stamp their balsamic vinegar with an official seal, indicating authenticity and high quality. They have also termed it as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, or traditional balsamic vinegar (TBV). However, balsamic vinegar is of many types apart from this, which include: 1) Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI —This vinegar is obtained from the Modena region of Italy, which can be used for everyday cooking. The PGI label is the short form of Protected Geographic Indication and it totally conforms to European Union (EU) production regulations. 2) Balsamic Condiment- this vinegar is for everyday use which may or may not be sourced from Italy. This may be a genuine or imitation balsamic vinegar, which includes usual vinegar with added thickeners and sweeteners. 3) White Balsamic Vinegar — It is similar to the original balsamic vinegar but has a light golden color. 4) Balsamic Glaze — This includes regular balsamic vinegar to which sweeteners and thickeners are added which makes it thick and syrupy.

Health benefits

  • Balsamic vinegar helps build immunity as it contains antioxidants that fight cell damage due to oxidative stress thus preventing diseases.(1)
  • It helps increase insulin sensitivity in diabetics which is very helpful in blood sugar regulation.(1)
  • It contains an enzyme called pepsin, that helps the breakdown of protein into smaller units called amino acids which are then absorbed into the body, thus improving the digestion of proteins in the body.(1)

Selection Guide

While purchasing Balsamic vinegar, choose from varieties available according to the requirement. Avoid the very cheap ones as they are just an imitation of real balsamic vinegar. It is best to choose those packaged in glass bottles than in plastic ones.


Balsamic vinegar may cause allergies in some people. It may also cause digestive distress from over-consuming it alongwith throat inflammation and damage to the food pipe.(2)

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