- Garnish (food)
:"For other uses see
Garnish (disambiguation)" 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 condimentwhich is primarily a flavor added to another food item.
A garnish makes food or drink items more appealing. They may, for example, enhance their color, such as when
paprikais sprinkled on a salmonsalad. They may give a color contrast, for example when parsleyor chives are sprinkled on potatoes. They may make a cocktailseem more festive, like a cocktail umbrellain an exotic drink, or a celerystalk in a Bloody Mary, or when a Mai Taiis garnished with all manners of tropical fruit.
A garnish may make food extra special, such as a
maraschino cherryon 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 garnish can also become a
clichéwhen it has lost its meaning, such as a sprig of parsley and a small spoonful of coleslawin a paper cupserved beside all sandwiches at a diner.
A garnish may be so readily identified with a specific dish, that the food item may appear incomplete without it.
To preserve garnishes for a long period of time, submerge them in the water and store them in the freezer. The garnish will stay fresh for 8 to 10 months.
A food item which is served with garnish may be described as being garni.
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