Origins of Balsamic Vinegar in Vancouver, BC

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Origins of Balsamic Vinegar in Vancouver, BC The balsamic vinegar originated in Italy. Similar to wine, it is made with grapes and then left to ferment for either twelve or twenty-five years. Its popularity began when the Roman Emperor Henry III was given a bottle of balsamic vinegar in 1024. Now it has become popular and available in markets all over the world. Time is an important element in making balsamic vinegar. The grape must used to make balsamic vinegar is fermented in wooden barrels which add to the flavour over time. The minimum amount of years required to ferment balsamic vinegar is twelve years—quite a long time, especially when it is highly on demand all over the world. To accommodate the high global demands, commercialized balsamic vinegars are made. These have other ingredients that quicken the fermentation processes and infusion of flavours, so they can be sold in less than twelve years. Artisan balsamic vinegar, of course, is the best, but it is made mostly in Italy. Where to get balsamic vinegar in Vancouver? The best balsamic vinegar in BC can be found in Coastal Olive Oils in South Delta. Coastal Olive Oils sell authentic traditional balsamic vinegar that had been aged in wooden barrels and does not contain other ingredients or chemicals but grape must. But the best balsamic vinegar in BC is not only made from grapes. Other fruits available also in Vancouver such as blackberry ginger, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pomegranates, coconuts, maple, peaches, lemons, etc. can be processed to make interesting varieties of balsamic vinegar. Each fruit, when turned into balsamic vinegar, tastes different. Each fruity essence can be tasted along with the acidic taste caused by the fermentation process. Some of these fruits can be cultivated in Vancouver; thus the balsamic vinegar made from them is made locally. This ensures the authenticity and high quality of balsamic vinegar sold by Coastal Olive Oils. However, some balsamic vinegar products are imported, especially from Italy through carefully selected and trusted suppliers. Balsamic vinegar form Coastal Olive Oils are especially tried and selected by the owners who are also passionate about balsamic vinegar. They are meticulous and are aware of the versatility of the top balsamic vinegar in BC, and that balsamic vinegar enthusiasts seek different types and flavours for different purposes. To help these enthusiasts achieve their goals, Coastal Olive Oils has a tasting room where all of the varieties of balsamic vinegar offered are accessible....

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Olive Oil In Vancouver – Discover The Roots That Lead To Coastal

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Uncategorized |

History of Olive Oil In Vancouver, BC The olive oil in Vancouver traces its history to faraway places hospitable to olive trees. Native to Asia Minor, Syria, Iran and Palestine for 6,000 years, the olive is one of the oldest grown trees in the world. It has been cultivated in Crete since five millenia ago and is believed to be the wellspring of wealth of the Minoan Kingdom. It has been grown in the Mediterranean coast of southern Europe and Northern Africa after the Phoenicians introduced it. Olive leaves were found in Egyptian tombs, some four millennia ago. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem has been known for its rich culture of olive trees growing for more than 2000 years. The variety of olives on the Mount remains a puzzle because humans have manipulated olive trees for many centuries. An ongoing study that makes use of gene mapping techniques may one day figure out the inter-origin of all varieties of olive trees. The wild, shrub-like olive extant in the Middle East is believed to be the first variety from which all other varieties came from. Missionaries and imperial expansion have spread the culture of cultivating olive trees to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and to North and South America. As of now, there’s no accurate information that tells us when olive oil production began. Nonetheless, the technology for producing olive oil was up and running since 3000 years ago. A 2600-year old olive oil workshop found in Urla, Izmir is a good proof. Olive oil has been used in many cultures and religions. In the 6th century, the Muslims were told by their Prophet Muhammad to put olive oil on their bodies; Muhammad himself applied olive oil on his head. In the Christian church, consecrated olive oil, called ‘chrism, ‘ has been used for anointing at various rites such as baptism, coronation of a monarch and anointing of the sick. Christian missionaries, particularly the Jesuits, spread the cultivation of olive trees as far west as California both for ceremonial use and food. Westerners became acquainted with the culinary use of olive oil in the 1970s after much time when almost all Mediterranean dishes containing olive oil flooded restaurants. In those years, a research revealed that the Mediterraneans suffered heart disease less than the Westerners who were not used to olive oil diet. Since then, the consumption of olive oil has increased, as it was believed to provide good nutrition. Olive oil became known for its potential to reduce calcium loss, to help during pregnancy, as an antioxidant, and in the prevention of arteriosclerosis. Soon, the demand for olive oil in the United States and Canada skyrocketed. The research on Mediterranean cuisine has impacted many Americans to become diet-wise – they began to prefer natural products over food with additives. Olive oil technology became more advanced and countries began massive imports...

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