We handpick hawthorn berries from our own woodlands in the Dunajec River Valley in Southern Poland. After pressing the berries, they undergo a two-stage fermentation process using the traditional Orleans method, to obtain a natural, live vinegar which slowly clarifies to a rich honey colour.
Unpasteurized, unfiltered, rich in probiotics.
Tart, somewhat cranberry-like
In the kitchen
Make a vinaigrette with a good quality olive oil, especially for salads made with the addition of dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin, walnuts, citrus fruits, goat cheese, Feta or Brie. Add a dash to savoury galantines. Pairs well with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, honey and maple syrup.
In the drinks cabinet
For cocktails based on orange flavoured liqueurs (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau). Makes an interesting wintertime, non-alcoholic hot toddy with sweet apple juice, spices, honey or maple syrup.
In the medicine cabinet
Every variety of Octovnia’s living vinegar has a beneficial effect on gut health, boosts immunity and improves well-being. In addition, the vinegars are enriched with the specific properties of flowers, fruits and herbs from which they are made, well known in folk medicine and often used in modern herbal supplements.
Hawthorn berries (Crataegus L.) lower blood pressure, support heart function and blood circulation. Medically proven* to lower cholesterol. They also have antifungal and antibacterial properties and support the immune system. In addition, they have an antioxidant effect.
Drink 10 ml of vinegar a day in a small glass of water.
Store tightly corked in a cool, dark place. The vinegar may be kept in the fridge, but this is not required for its safe storage.
Our living vinegar contains a culture of acetic bacteria which can cause the formation of a "mother of vinegar". This is a natural, safe and healthy process. If a mother forms in your vinegar, you can simply strain it out before use.
Available in bottles of 100 ml, 250 ml or 500 ml.
Sanepid Food Safety Certificate No. 290.2018
*The Mediterranean Diet – An Evidence Based Approach, Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson