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July 11, 2013

Fruit Vinegars by Mangé

by Anne Paddock

For years, people have expounded on the health benefits of vinegar and although I was never able to bring myself to drink vinegar straight up, I often used vinegar to dress foods and make salad dressings. Balsamic vinegar has been front and center on my counter top but there’s a new vinegar that now warrants counter top space: Fruit Vinegars by Mangé. Different from balsamic, rice, apple cider, and white vinegar, Mangé fruit vinegars are smooth (really), slightly sweet vinegars that have been flavored with natural fresh fruits. Each vinegar is special in its own way and conducive to making sauces, marinades and dressings more flavorful.

My first taste of Mangé was in the form of a shot glass: White Peach (“Péche Blanche”) at a taste testing at a food show. Since I haven’t done shots of liquor, much less vinegar in about 30 years, I was reluctant to throw back a shot of white peach vinegar at 10 in the morning but I did and there were no regrets. In fact, I wanted another shot after the first one and continued with mango vinegar which was equally as smooth and flavorful. All I could think about were the possibilities that lay ahead of me in the kitchen with fruit flavored vinegars.562319_428059723965722_1843721382_n

Mangé makes eleven varieties of fruit vinegars that contain a base of fruit, vinegar, filtered water, sugar and a fruit extract. Added to these ingredients is a combination of ascorbic acid (a naturally occurring organic compound that is one form of Vitamin C), malic acid (an organic compound that occurs naturally in all fruits and most vegetables that contributes to the sourness but that lessens as the fruit ripens) pectin (contained in the cell walls of plants that are grown on land and mainly extracted from citrus fruits to be used in foods as a gel agent), and citric acid (a natural preservative that is also used to add a sour taste). Velvety, fruity, and unlike any vinegar on the market, Mangé vinegars include:

12551_391274314310930_101878045_nWhite Peach: A super smooth slightly sweet vinegar with the aroma and taste of freestone white peaches. Nectarous and good enough to drink but even better when used in a sauce (add a splash to roasted brussel sprouts with hazelnuts), or in a light summer vinaigrette.

Blood Orange: Blood oranges are well-known for their big bold flavor and this vinegar provides a mouth-watering scrumptious flavor to any dish including rice pilaf or sauces for fowl.

Pear: An elegant vinegar for a Spinach or Waldorf Salad made with toasted pecans, walnuts and cheese.

Mango: A delicious tropical tasting vinegar that tastes heavenly mixed with a bit of olive oil and used as a salad dressing or in a fruit/avocado salsa served as a side dish.

Passion Fruit:  Another tropical vinegar that works great in a salad dressing, a salsa or in a relish.

Blackberry: The sweet tart taste of blackberries without the seeds makes for a scrumptious addition to any sauce or dressing that calls for a berry flavor.

Cherry: A deep, dark slightly sweet vinegar that goes well with cheeses, wild rice, and fowl dishes.

Green Apple: A beautiful tart/slightly sweet green vinegar that tastes wonderful in salad dressings and cole slaw.

Red Raspberry:  A deep red fruity vinegar that is perfect to use in a raspberry vinaigrette or with steamed spinach.

Red Pepper:  The least sweet tasting vinegar of the group that has the full savory flavor of grilled red peppers and is excellent to use in marinades, barbecue sauces and relishes.

Fig:  The newest addition to the product line, Fig Vinegar contains figs, filtered water, vinegar, cane sugar, pectin, and ascorbic acid. Highly recommended to pair with a cheese platter or to use as platter decoration to add the full flavor of figs to your cheeses.

38aaa2f13ffcb8934bf68124f0dfdeadMangé Fruit Vinegars are packaged in 200 ml (6.7 ounces) bottles for $10.50 and 375 ml (12.7 ounces) bottles for $14.95. The company also sells a Gourmet Tester Sampler that contains ten 40 ml (1.5 ounces) bottles in a custom box – one of each flavor (except Fig)  for $23.95. A great way to taste all the vinegars before ordering the larger bottles or to give as a gift.

Mangé Fruit Vinegars can be purchased directly from the company via their website:  www.mange-lagastronome.com. Purchase 3 or more 200 ml bottles and shipping is free. Case discounts are also offered. The company’s website also provides a list of recipes for salads, marinades, sauces, and more.376850_264847873620242_1325306646_n

Mangé Le Gastronome

www.mange-legastronome.com

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