Producer: Acetaia San Giacomo
Location: Novellara, Reggio Emilia, Italy
According to Italian legislation, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO (ABTRE) is a food condiment (not a vinegar, even if the word "Vinegar" is found in the denomination) which follows a rigorous production specification. The PDO was recognized in 2000.
It was a " medicated conditioner ". It therefore goes without saying that it was considered such for its excellent organoleptic, nutritional and qualitative qualities as well as for the strong symbolic load that only an extraordinary aging could give.
Despite the ancient origins ( 1046 , the first document that speaks of a " perfect vinegar" contained in small barrels and 1747 the first document that speaks of "Balsamic" as opposed to common vinegar, both on Reggio Emilia ), there are NO old recipes .
It was therefore NOT an ingredient, much less a product used daily. It was something special, unique. An elixir.
Instead, explaining how ABTRE is done is an undertaking that cannot be explained in FEW words and that, above all, cannot be explained ONLY in words. Experience, from this point of view, plays a fundamental role.
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