Did you know it’s possible to make a very special vinegar from fragrant elderflower berries containing plenty of polyphenols, vitamins A, B1, B2 and J, valeric, tannic and malic acid? The story of elderberry vinegar begins in the 11th century in the heart of Istria, where it was discovered by Benedictine monks in the monastery of St. Peter in the Woods. In 1993 renowned Istrian herbalist Franko Zgrablić brought the elderflower vinegar recipe to life after it had been forgotten for many centuries. It’s a gourmet delicacy with an exceptionally balanced aroma of fresh berries and Mediterranean herbs. You can’t believe a vinegar can be so gentle!
Today this indigenous Istrian product is produced under the name “Sanbuco” in cooperation between Franko and MIH. We shouldn’t forget their excellent extra virgin olive oils San Gurmano, delicate or intense version, which are starting to conquer the palates in the UK, Belgian and US markets.