Vinegars La Maja
La Maja Vinegars, famous in Mendavia (Navarra) and in the rest of Spain. They are made with the same care and passion as their extra virgin olive oil. Whether Balsamic or Wine, you will enjoy delicate and fruity flavors and aromas.
History of vinegar
Did you know that vinegar was the lemonade of old? Or that Cleopatra won a bet with the help of vinegar? The history of vinegar is not boring at all! Vinegar is considered the oldest condiment in the world, and its history goes back several millennia.
For example, it was used 6,000 years BC by the Babylonians and Egyptians as a preservative. The Indians and Chinese fermented wine in vinegar, and the Egyptians drank Hequa, a sour beer.
The Phoenicians refreshed themselves with Shekar, a drink made from cider vinegar, and the Roman legionnaires carried a mixture of vinegar and water in their canteens. In the Middle Ages, herbal vinegar was used as a remedy, and even in the 18th century, medical supplies were disinfected with vinegar.
Vinegar was considered a popular preservative and seasoning. In fact, in rural areas of Eastern Europe they still drink it frequently. It also works well as a marinade or spicy salad dressing.
Jesus Christ and vinegar
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ shows that vinegar was already known and popular even then. So it is recorded that the soldiers offered the thirsty Jesus on the cross a soaked sponge in vinegar.
Although this gesture was later often interpreted as mockery, it is a mistake. Actually, vinegar water was a soft drink in the time of Christ. Therefore, it was a gesture of charity that the Roman soldiers had for Jesus.
But it wasn’t all good things! Because eating utensils were made of lead, many Romans died from lead poisoning. Indeed, the vinegar reacts with the lead and highly toxic lead acetate is formed.