Sauces and Condiments: the Most Typical Specialties

Sauces and condiments: the typical specialties


This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical sauces and condiments from Italy and all over the world. The following articles include their history, places, ingredients, preparation, calories, pairings and many interesting facts. Let’s find out the most traditional restaurants to enjoy their authentic taste.


The most typical and traditional sauces and condiments from all over the world. The historic producers to savor their authentic taste.

Sauces and Condiments: Balsamic Vinegar from Modena and Reggio Emilia (crt-01)

Balsamic vinegar is one of the Italian gastronomic specialties most appreciated by gourmets all over the world. Part of its value is related to the fascinating events characterizing its past, when it was considered an elixir worthy of a king. Part derives from the quality of its grapes, the fruit of a specific territory, located between the ancient cities of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Part is due to the skill of its artisans, custodians of an experience acquired over the centuries: it will be thanks to them that, in this article, we will learn about it and savor its most authentic taste.
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Sauces and Condiments: Wasabi (img-01) Sauces and Condiments: Wasabi (img-01)


‘Wasabi’ is a plant native to Japan, growing in its cold northern areas, not far from waterways. Thanks to this plant, among other things, a bright green paste is produced, standing out for its particularly spicy taste and often used in the cooking of the Land of the Rising Sun. (coming soon)

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Sauces and Condiments: Ketchup. Sauces and Condiments: Ketchup.


Ketchup is generally considered one of the most typical sauces from the United States. By delving into its history, it has been discovered that, in fact, the origins of this specialty belong to the East. The first testimonies relating to the product as we know it today, date back to the early 1800s. (coming soon)

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WebFoodCulture: Only the most typical specialties & the most traditional restaurants.

Only the most typical specialties & the most traditional restaurants.

Sauces and Condiments: Genoese Basil PDO (img-02)

Genoese Basil PDO.

Basil is a plant native to India, whose value was well known since the days of the Romans and Egyptians. The one produced in Genoa and, more generally, in the Italian Region of Liguria, is particularly appreciated for its quality: the result of the unique characteristics of the territory. It’s no coincidence that it’s the ideal ingredient for the preparation of one of the local specialties: Pesto. (coming soon)

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Sauces and Condiments: Virginia Woolf about food (img-03)

Sauces and Condiments: ‘Chimichurri’, the sauce for Asado.

‘Chimichurri’: Asado sauce.

‘Chimichurri’ is one of the most traditional Argentine sauces, prepared with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and many spices. It’s widely considered the ideal condiment for Asado, the famous South American meat specialty (Read more)

Sauces and Condiments: The ‘pungency scale’ of chili peppers.

The ‘pungency scale’ of chili peppers.

The degree of spiciness of the various types of chili peppers is generally measured using the ‘Scoville scale’, created in the early 1900s by the American chemist Wilbur Scoville. The heat sensation, more or less intense, that is felt when eating this fruit, does not correspond to a real increase in temperature but is due to the interaction between a substance, the ‘Capsaicin’, and the receptors located inside the mouth. The record for the hottest chili pepper in 2020, is held by the scary ‘Carolina Reaper’.


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