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Mystery ingredient -- coconut vinegar

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What is it?

Coconut vinegar, essentially fermented coconut water, is a staple condiment in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines. It can also be made from the sap, or "tuba" -- the stem that feeds the coconuts.

 

Looks like:

The vinegar is white and cloudy. Like other naturally fermented vinegars, such as apple cider and balsalmic, coconut vinegar contains the "mother," or the culture of organisms that caused the fermentation.

 

Tastes like:

It has a pungent, acidic flavour with a hint of yeast. Some varieties are sweetened with honey.

 

Used in:

Coconut vinegar is used extensively as a preservative and flavouring agent in pickles, sauces, salads and other condiments. It's said to aid digestion and improve the quality of cooked meat and fish.

 

Found at:

Lucky Supermarket, 1051 Winnipeg Ave.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 E4

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