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Vinegars of the World

  • Lisa Solieri
  • Paolo Giudici

Abstract

The history of vinegar production, which dates back to around 2000 BC, has taught us a great deal about microbial biotransformation. However, vinegar has been always considered a ‘poor relation’ among fermented food products: it is not considered to be a ‘food’, it does not have great nutritional value, and it is made by the transformation of richer and more nutritive fermented foods. Vinegar is used as a flavouring agent, as a preservative and, in some countries, also as a healthy drink. It can be made from almost any fermentable carbohydrate source by a two-step fermentation process involving yeasts as the first agent, followed by acetic acid bacteria (AAB): the most common raw materials are apples, pears, grapes, honey, syrups, cereals, hydrolysed starches, beer and wine.

Keywords

Starter Culture Spontaneous Fermentation Palm Wine Wood Vinegar Vinegar Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Solieri
    • 1
  • Paolo Giudici
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Food SciencesUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly

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