Blackberries and Ionones, Irones and Damascones

Vines Rows and rows of wild blackberries grew in the pasture behind my childhood home. I will forever remember the fragrant smell of these wild berries on a warm summer night. When I began my flavor chemist training, my first impression of elderflower absolute was ripe wild blackberries on a hot summer night. The smell of wild blackberries drying in the hot summer sun is deliciously sweet, slightly floral, yet full of ripe berry richness. My siblings,the neighbor kids and I would fill empty stainless steel milk buckets with the berries. Sometimes, we made a cobbler, but most times, we just ate the berries we picked. Currently, my home in the Northwest U.S. is surrounded by wild blackberry plants. I love to inhale their delicious odor … [Read more...]

SoBe lifewater black & blue berry review

Northwest Berries The only way to truly know what a fruit or vegetable tastes like is to try it fresh and ripe. Moving to the Northwest has given me the opportunity to try other fresh fruits and vegetables. Some new favorites are raspberries and blueberries. In fact, I like blueberries so much, I planted some in my backyard. Before moving here, I would have describe blueberries as floral or green; maybe even watery. Blueberries are a touch more complex when picked ripe. They have a nice full sweetness, a touch of a floral character, some seedy notes, nice juiciness and a subtle tartness. My Impression The SoBe lifewater black & blueberry has an excellent flavor. It is distinctly blueberry with a nice juicy, sweet, seedy and full … [Read more...]