Grapes, Grandma and Methyl anthranillate

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. Cold Grapes 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 … [Read more...]

laevo-Linalool FEMA 2635

Froot Loop Flavor My parents never bought sugar cereal. I had to go to Grandma's house for the "good cereal". Froot Loops is a cereal Grandma would buy for me and I remember the characteristic sweet citrusy smell of this cereal. laevo-Linalool 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 can be 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 … [Read more...]