To hear the word lavender, do you immediately think of the color, or of the spindly flower of the same name? Or do you think of the smell of lavender flowers, at once relaxing and energizing? Lavender evokes the image of the quintessential "English country garden," and is an increasingly popular ingredient in the well stocked American kitchen.
Floral, sweet and slightly herbaceous, our Lavender Balsamic captures the essence of this ancient flower. Drizzle some Lavender Aged Balsamic Vinegar over fresh fruit and see what you think. Lavender Balsamic also pairs well with chocolate, and is a nice match with sheep's-milk and goat's-milk cheeses.
Lavender Aged Dark Balsamic imparts a surprisingly delicate flavor to vinaigrette salad dressings and light marinades. Try some with Sweet Lemon Olive Oil, or with our robust Garlic Olive Oil.
Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious aged vinegar, prized for its sweet-tart, concentrated flavor. We offer you the very best Balsamic Vinegars that we import directly from the rolling hills of Modena, Italy, where true balsamic vinegars have been produced since the Middle Ages.
True balsamic vinegar is not made from wine, as you might expect, but rather from pressed, un-fermented Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes. The pressed grapes are simmered over an open flame, and reduced to a thick syrup. This sweet syrup is in turn fermented twice, then slowly aged and evaporated in a succession of smaller and smaller barrels, made from different aromatic woods. As the balsamic vinegar ages, moisture evaporates out, and the vinegar thickens and its complex flavors become more concentrated.
Balsamic Vinegar has many culinary uses, including salad dressings, dips, marinades, reductions and sauces. Try a splash of balsamic vinegar to enhance steaks, fish, egg dishes -- even fresh fruit, and on ice creams, gelati and desserts. Buon Appetito!
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