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For thousands of years, different cultures across the world have used vinegar as a cooking ingredient, a curative, a cleaner and much more. From ancient Rome, to early China and the Middle East, vinegar was valued for its medicinal and cleaning qualities much as it is today.

BC

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5000 BC
Sumerians, a civilization of ancient Babylonia, used vinegar to preserve and pickle food.
3000 BC
Making of homemade vinegar was being phased out.
2000 BC
Vinegar production was largely a commercial industry.
1260-1240 BC
Helen of Troy bathed in vinegar to relax.
400 BC
Hippocrates prescribed vinegar as a remedy for a variety of ailments.
247-181 BC
Hannibal, a military commander, drenched huge boulders in hot vinegar which cracked them into small pieces, enabling his army to continue its journey across the Alps.
69-30 BC
Cleopatra dissolved pearls in vinegar to prove that she could consume a fortune in a single meal.
58-51 BC
Caesar's armies used vinegar as a beverage.
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1914-1918
World War I medics used vinegar to treat soldiers’ wounds
1986
Japan's First Comprehensive Vinegar Museum Opened, Mitsukan Vinegar Museum in Handa-shi Aichi-en
1986
International Vinegar Museum opened in Roslyn, South Dakota
2001
China opened its own vinegar museum in Qingxu County in northern Shanxi Province
2013
In focus groups women fondly recalled their grandmothers' cleaning tips using vinegar
2013
Vinegar with higher acidity specifically for cleaning introduced into mainstream market
2014
Rebirth of canning and preserving; perceived health benefits of vinegar rediscovered
Future
Future Outlook: Flavored drinking vinegar, vinegar cocktails shrubs, vinegar in beauty products

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