After the Maggi sauce, we needed to grasp the Alsatians’ obsession with Melfor


For some, the Melfor is likely one of the necessities to supply to those that don’t stay in Alsace. (©Remitted Doc)

After a primary episode on the Maggi-sauce, Strasbourg Information went to fulfill the individuals of Strasbourg who swear by the Melfor. Testimonials from addicts, between childhood recollections and custom.


“I did not know there have been different vinegars,” begins Colyne, 23 and a pharmacy pupil. It’s by going to a different area that she discovers that actually, you can also make a French dressing with wine vinegar.

The “solely” vinegar in Alsace

For Salomé, 24, Melfor, “it is the rule”. And the opposite “distinctive” vinegars. Throughout his first races, placing the orange bottle in his basket was apparent. “I eat it day by day.”

However why this enthusiasm? In keeping with Colyne, it’s “its incomparable style: sweeter than vinegar, with out the acrid or acidic aftertaste of vinegar”. Inès agrees: in response to her, it’s a “softer condiment, due to this fact simpler to combine right into a salad or a dish”.

However all that, with out shedding the little one thing that enhances the style: “We preserve this acidity of the vinegar, a bit just like the raspberry or balsamic vinegar they use in different areas”, provides Inès, 19, pupil within the second 12 months of prep.

Principally, “it tastes and goes in every single place and makes for a thicker French dressing. All this with out the alcoholic and bitter facet of wine vinegar which may give the impression that we’re consuming family vinegar,” says Salomé.

The custom that continues

“Everybody in my household makes use of Melfor to make their salad dressings, and I am unable to do with out it – identical to my mom, my sisters and my grandmother,” explains Colyne. At house, “all the things is Melfor”.

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Similar story with Salomé: “My mom is Alsatian, I’ve all the time seen her cook dinner at Melfor and that is how she taught me to cook dinner”.

A behavior anchored in time, and which is transmitted by means of the generations, each in style habits and within the methods of making ready dishes.

And the sharing of custom continues, past households. When Salomé moved to Strasbourg for her research and met pals from Peru and Haiti, “the very first thing I provided them to style was Melfor”.

In the long run, her pals didn’t totally combine it into their day by day gastronomic routine. In keeping with Salomé, it’s “a query of tradition, and behavior”.

A query of reminiscence

For Inès, the Melfor is above all a way of bringing to life the reminiscence of a grandfather she by no means knew. “Since childhood, my mom has been telling us that our grandfather ate his lentils with Melfor,” she says. Not solely does the condiment make him recognize a dish that “kids often don’t love”, it additionally permits him to really feel near his grandfather.

“It is to do like him, even when I by no means had the possibility to share this dish with him,” she explains, moved.

Throughout a trip within the southwest, a area the place “lentils are a part of the culinary tradition”, Léa was confused by the absence of Melfor. “It is as if one thing was lacking, with my brothers we have been shocked,” she continues.

The Melfor as proof due to this fact, for Inès who associates it totally along with her household and this dish of lentils. “I am unable to eat it with out,” she lastly admits.

The bottle within the suitcase

Since her aunt moved to the South, Colyne has a really severe mission at every of her visits: “She asks me to carry her some Melfor, in containers, as a result of she finds that her dressings are completely different in any other case”. A request that doesn’t shock the younger lady, even when she realizes that she “might have requested for a lot of different issues as an alternative”.

Similar story for Salome. “We regularly have conferences with my dad and mom’ pals who’re scattered round France, which includes shared cooking occasions. And for years, we now have been bringing them wine from Alsace, and Melfor,” she laughs.

She understands that the 2 merchandise should not have the identical the Aristocracy, however the identical significance for his or her small group of pals. “And it is much less needed now, as a result of we have been beginning to discover Melfor outdoors of Alsace for a while,” explains Salomé.

Past Alsace

The Melfor firm, created in 1922, presents a complete vary of condiments and vinegar merchandise. Initially based mostly in Mulhouse, Melfor’s flagship product is its vinegar “flavored with honey and natural infusions”. In keeping with the corporate, “eight out of ten Alsatian households have adopted it”.

If it was not attainable to seek out Melfor outdoors Alsace just a few years in the past, it was progressively exported all through France and to a number of giant grocery store chains. Additionally it is attainable to order it on-line.

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