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Acetomel is a sweet and sour syrup made from vinegar and honey and is used to preserve fruit.

Fruit such as apples, grapes, pears and quinces used to be preserved this way.

The combination of flavours reflects older tastes surviving from the Middle Ages.

The syrup can be used to make "Aceto Dolce" pickles.

Language Notes

From the Latin, "acetum", meaning vinegar, and "mel" meaning "honey".

See also:


Aceto Dolce; Acetomel; Agrodolce; Sauce Bigarade; Sweet-and-Sour

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Also called:

Acétomel (French); Acetomiel (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Acetomel." CooksInfo.com. Published 28 June 2004; revised 07 November 2007. Web. Accessed 04/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/acetomel>.

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