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Encyclopedia > Garnish (food)

Garnish is a substance used primarily as an embellishment or decoration to a prepared food or drink item. It may also give added or contrasting flavor, but that is not its primary purpose, in contrast to a condiment which is primarily a flavour added to another food item. Salt, sugar and pepper are the most essential condiments in Western cuisine. ...


A garnish makes food or drink items more appealing. They may, for example, enhance their color, such as when paprika is sprinkled on a salmon salad. They may give a color contrast, for example when parsley or chives are sprinkled on potatoes. They may make a cocktail seem more festive, like a cocktail umbrella in an exotic drink, or a celery stalk in a Bloody Mary (cocktail), or when a Mai Tai is garnished with all manners of tropical fruit. Bell peppers come in various shapes and colors, and are used to make paprika. ... Illustration of a male Coho Salmon The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... Species Percentages are relative to US RDI values for adults. ... Binomial name Allium schoenoprasum Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a member of the onion family (Alliaceae) grown for their leaves, which are used as an herb. ... Binomial name Solanum tuberosum L. The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a perennial plant of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family, commonly grown for its starchy tuber. ... A cocktail. ... A typical cocktail umbrella. ... Binomial name Apium graveolens L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... A Bloody Mary with lots of vegetable garnishes. ... Mai Tai is an alcoholic beverage purportedly invented at the Trader Vic restaurant in Oakland, California in 1944. ... Fruit stall in Barcelona, Spain. ...


A garnish may make food extra special, such as a maraschino cherry on top of ice cream. The use of this particular garnish has led to the common children's plea— "Pretty please, with a cherry on top!"— for extraordinary requests. A close up of a Maraschino cherry A maraschino cherry is a preserved, sweetened cherry, typically made from light-colored sweet cherries, such as the Royal Ann, Rainier, or Gold varieties. ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ...


A garnish can also become a hackneyed cliché when it has lost its meaning, such as a sprig of parsley and a small spoonful of coleslaw in a paper cup served beside all sandwiches at a diner. A bowl of coleslaw Coleslaw (or cole slaw) is a salad consisting primarily and minimally of shredded, raw, white cabbage, although it often also includes shredded carrots. ... A paper cup is a disposable cup made out of paper and often lined with plastic or wax to prevent liquid from leaking out or soaking through the paper. ... An Italian sandwich. ... A diner in Freehold Borough, New Jersey This article is about a type of restaurant. ...


A garnish may be so readily identified with a specific dish, that the food item may appear incomplete without it.


A food item which is served with garnish may be described as being garni.


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