balsamic vinegar


Definition of balsamic vinegar 

: an aged Italian vinegar made from the must of white grapes

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The original recipe called for regular dark balsamic vinegar. Jason Wilson, sacbee, "Vermont industry turns over a new leaf | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Georgeanne Brennan, House Beautiful, "Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Onions Recipe," 12 Sep. 2010 The spiralized carrots and zucchini are roasted with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a slightly sweet flavor. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spiralize your way into a healthy New Year," 6 Jan. 2018 Prepare the salad Toss the yellow tomatoes with 1 teaspoon salt, the sugar, and the white balsamic vinegar. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Recipe: Crab-And-Corn Custard And Corn Salad With Yellow-Tomato Vinaigrette," 17 Aug. 2016 True balsamic vinegar is made from reduced grape must that’s aged for years (if not decades) in wooden casks. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 Traditional balsamic vinegars are made with tons of late-harvest white grapes and aged in wood casks for up to 30 years, losing volume but gaining flavor. Mari Uyehara, Bon Appetit, "I Don’t Miss My Ex, But I Do Miss My Condiments," 8 Mar. 2018 Garnish with fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 The fruit is lightly sweetened with honey and given a deep, jammy flavor dimension with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Mixed-berry galette makes dessert easy as pie," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of balsamic vinegar

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balsamic vinegar

translation of Italian aceto balsamico, literally, curative vinegar

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The first known use of balsamic vinegar was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of balsamic vinegar

: a type of Italian vinegar that has a dark color and a sweet taste

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