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(kŏn′dĭ-mĕnt) [L. condire, to pickle]
An appetizing ingredient added to food.


Aromatic: vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, chervil, parsley, bay leaf. Acrid or peppery: pepper, ginger, tabasco, all-spice. Alliaceous or allylic: onion, mustard, horseradish. Acid: vinegar, capers, gherkins, citron. Animal origin: caviar, anchovies. Miscellaneous: salt, sugar, truffles.

In general, with the exception of sugar, condiments have little nutritional value. They are appetizers, stimulating the secretion of saliva and intestinal juices.

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Euromonitor International's Sauces, Dressings and Condiments in Slovenia report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level.
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Spoon vegetables onto tortillas, top with condiments, and roll up to eat.
USPRwire, Wed Jan 13 2016] Sauces, dressings and condiments saw current value growth of 7% in 2015 which was faster than the current value CAGR 5% of the review period.
ClickPress, Sat Apr 25 2015] Sauces, dressings and condiments saw 3% growth in volume terms in 2014.
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Heinz was hitting the headlines when we covered the sauces and condiments category back in 2001 (The Grocer, 6 October), thanks to its rather strange launch of a green tomato ketchup.
That was back when condiments were hardly what you'd call a hot category.