Originating from the Latin condimentum, the word condiment identifies the ingredient that is used internationally to season different foods and enhance their flavor. Also known as a dressing, the seasoning is a substance or mixture already prepared, which can be fermented or stored in canning mode, and is added to food, usually at the time of ingestion.
There are dry seasonings, such as spices and grated cheese, and liquid condiments, such as sauces or lemon juice. Condiments can be homemade and artisanal or purchased in stores. There are even seasonings that are offered in individual containers and that can be transferred without conservation problems.
According to DigoPaul, the most consumed condiments worldwide are salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. These four seasonings can be used in almost any meal, to a greater or lesser extent.
Other very popular condiments are mayonnaise (an emulsified sauce made from eggs, olive oil, salt and a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar), mustard (a spicy- flavored condiment produced from the seeds of plants of the genus Brassica) and ketchup or ketchup (tomato sauce flavored with vinegar, sugar, salt and various spices), which are used in sandwiches or to accompany hamburgers and sausages, for example.
The soy sauce, a traditional condiment in Japan, has acquired in recent years a large presence in many countries. It is a product that arises when soybeans are fermented with wheat that has been roasted and split. These grains are distributed in blocks and are repeatedly submerged in a cold broth made up of salt and water. This procedure lasts for about twelve months and there are occasions when mushrooms are added to enhance the flavor.
Another meaning of the word can be used when talking about a literary work, a television program or a movie, for example, to refer to certain elements that help shape the story, be it collaborating with the main structure or trying to break with it. general atmosphere to, for example, give the audience a break in the middle of a very tragic scene. In this way, it can be said that action, enigmas, humor, are condiments that make the taste of a work.
The benefits of oregano
Oregano is one of the most widely used condiments in the world, as it is the perfect companion for pizzas, sauces of various types, be they tomato or cream, salads, meats, etc. However, after a discovery that took place at the University of Bonn, Germany, in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, his fame has grown even more.
It turns out that outside of the culinary field, one of its virtues is that it helps relieve inflammation. The secret lies in beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), present in a wide variety of natural herbs and spices, such as black pepper, basil, rosemary and, of course, oregano. This active principle is not only used to treat external and minor disorders, but it could theoretically combat arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis.
Although this substance cannot be consumed in large quantities, it does not cause poisoning, unlike others that have similar purposes. In addition, there are no risks of a brain condition as a consequence of its ingestion, which is also the case with other natural healing products associated with the word narcotics. As if all this were not enough, it is found in abundance in nature.