The gift of good taste.

Did you know that?

by Tatiana SyllaJun 10, 2016In Blog

First of all let me introduce myself. I’m Tatiana and I’ve been a French intern at Olio Tasting Room for now more than two months. I’m going to be honest, at the beginning of my internship I didn’t know anything about balsamic vinegar except that it was delicious and perfect for vinaigrettes. I’ve discovered a lot of things about it and maybe some of you will discover it, as I did. Let’s start.

Contrary to other vinegars, balsamic vinegar is special. Indeed, other vinegars are made from an alcoholic fermentation, such as wine or cider. This is not a surprise because it their name: wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar. But I had never thought about the production of balsamic vinegar even if I often use it.

So, as I was saying, traditional balsamic vinegar is not made from alcohol but with grape must which is simmered in order to create a concentrate. After that, it only needs to mature in barrels for at least 12 years. But, it doesn’t mean that we only have to wait until the end! Because the mixture’s size is going to decrease, it will be transferred to another barrel, with a smaller size and made with a different wood to add different flavors. At the end, the balsamic vinegar will be, once again different from other vinegars. Indeed, you probably noticed that, it has a dark color and a rich and syrupy texture. After all this long production we can taste delicious balsamic vinegar.

And if you really want true balsamic vinegar make sure that it has the European Protected Designation of Origin label, which guarantee that this is a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar produced in the Emilia Romagna region, Italy, and according to strict rules.

There is also something else I learned about balsamic vinegar. It has a lot of health benefits! Yes, really!

First, it has been demonstrated by studies that it is low in calories. A tablespoon contains only 14 calories, so it makes it perfect to be used as a dressing in a salad if you pay attention to fat consumption. And the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology also published searchers’ findings which show that balsamic vinegar can help to keep a healthy level of cholesterol.

Balsamic vinegar doesn’t only have benefits for calories and cholesterol; it also can have good consequences on your blood! Researchers demonstrated that a regular balsamic consumption could lower systolic blood pressure. Furthermore, it is has a low glycemic index, in other words you will experience a continual energy during the day rather than a rush followed by a crash. And these two examples are just a part of the benefits balsamic vinegar can bring you.

So to conclude, balsamic vinegar is great! It has a delicious taste and you can use it without feeling guilty because of its health benefits! Oh, and I was going to forget! It can be used everywhere, salads, side dishes or even desserts! And, as I love desserts, I think that I am definitely going to try the recipe of Chocolate Raspberry Balsamic cupcakes.