Grapes, Grandma and Methyl anthranillate

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My grandmother died last month. She's been in my thoughts quite a bit. In fact, just last week, while preparing grapes, I thought of her. Grandma showed me how to prepare grapes by cutting them into little bunches. She said little bunches are handy for grabbing, packing in lunches, and as snacks. Every summer, I spent at least two weeks at her beach house in Laguna playing in the ocean. After a few "wipe-outs" in the  waves, cold grapes were a good snack. This summer, while vacationing in southern California, I kept with tradition and prepared grape bunches for beach snacks. My kids loved the grapes as well as the ocean and boogie boarding. My last conversation with my grandmother was about my beach vacation and I told her my girls … [Read more...]

laevo-Linalool FEMA 2635

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My parents never bought sugar cereal. I had to go to Grandma's house for the "good cereal". Froot Loops was a cereal I enjoyed at Grandma's house and I remember and the characteristic sweet citrusy smell when I poured milk on them. My first impression of laevo Linalool was "Froot Loops". Other flavor chemists or perfumers might describe linalool as spicy, floral, woody, fresh and reminiscent of household cleaner. Linalool is a terpene alcohol, meaning it a component found in many plants. It is found naturally in citrus, bergamot, coriander, cinnamon, rosewood, laurel, mint, basil, birch, berries, grape, celery, peas, potatoes, cloves, cumin, mustard., etc. Linalool is an inexpensive flavor material.  It finds its way into many … [Read more...]