Pomegranate Flavor

I do not get excited about pomegranates. I like them, but they are not special to me. My family has a few pomegranate trees, and I think they are messy and difficult to eat. They make great fall decorations, though. Pomegranates are Messy In the late 1970's, my siblings, the neighbor kids and I made an event out of eating pomegranates. Since my  mom didn't want to clean up a huge mess, she forbid us from eating them in the house. She told us to put on our old clothes and go outside when we wanted to "crack open" a pomegranate. We would smash them on a concrete slab, pick out the seeds (arils), gorge and eventually become annoyed by the slow process of eating a pomegranate. Apples and pears, which also ripen in the fall, were … [Read more...]

Cherry Flavor

Brightly Colored Fruit "When their seeds are ready for transport, plants summon mammals with the strong scents and tastes of ripe fruit".....Michael Pollan, Cooked Anyone who has had a cherry tree decimated by birds knows that animals cannot resist this brightly colored, sweet, aromatic fruit. Mother nature has made fruit impossible to resist because she needs animals to spread seeds. Flavor scientists study mother nature and do their best to mimic her appeal. Our goal is to keep consumers happy and supply good tasting food. We study the aromatics naturally present in fruits as a guide for flavor development. Benzaldehyde I made plenty of cherry flavors, but nothing close to what mother nature has designed. My cherry flavors … [Read more...]

Keeping it simple-Fruit Punch Flavor

Simple KISS is an acronym scientists and engineers use;"Keep it simple, stupid". The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple and not made complicated. Basically, simplicity is the key goal in design and unnecessary complexity must be avoided. Complicated Flavor scientists often add too many unneeded components to a flavor. Why? Because they are artists. Just like chefs, a flavor scientist "throw things in", because it seems like it should improve the flavor or because the ingredient is a favorite. Sometimes a flavor scientist developes a new flavor using other lengthy flavors, like making a blackberry flavor by combining a strawberry, blueberry and raspberry flavor. A finished flavor can easily end … [Read more...]