- Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic is not technically vinegar and the manufacturing process has more in common with sherry than with other vinegars. It is made from cooked grape juice - white grapes, surprisingly, given balsamic's intense colour.
Products such as 'apple balsamic' and 'fig balsamic' have a similarly rich flavour but will either have been made with juice from a different fruit, or be regular balsamic flavoured with another juice during manufacture.
Sprinkle over salads, grilled meats, poultry and seafood, or add a small amount to sauces and stews. It is also famously served with strawberries as a dessert.