Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Balsamic'
adj : of or relating to or containing balsam; "a balsamic
fragrance" [syn: balsamy]
- Balsamic \Bal*sam"ic\, Balsamical \Bal*sam"ic*al\, a. [Cf. F.
Having the qualities of balsam; containing, or resembling,
balsam; soft; mitigative; soothing; restorative.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Balsamic'
Balsamic vinegar (Italian: aceto balsamico) is a condiment originating from Italy.
The original traditional product, made from a reduction of cooked white Trebbiano grape juice and not a vinegar in the usual sense, has been made in Modena and Reggio Emilia Today, the traditional balsamic vinegar is highly valued by chefs and gourmet food lovers.
The names "Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena" (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) and "Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia" (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia) are protected by both the Italian Denominazione di Origine Protetta and the European Union's Protected Designation of Origin.
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena), an inexpensive modern imitation of the traditional product, is today widely available and much better known. This is the kind commonly used for salad dressing together with oil.[See more about Balsamic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]