“What is the difference between apples and pears?” That’s an old Dutch saying that Ben Nijssen has pondered for his entire life. Any five-year-old could tell you the difference in taste, but a much smaller percentage of the population could speak on the chemical differences between the two fruits.
The pairing of flavors has been going on ever since people put food to mouth. But in recent years, the science of it has become big business, and considering the thousands of years that humans have been eating, it’s still in its infancy.
After several years working for WalMart corporate headquarters, Robert Pellegrino was hungry for a different type of challenge.
Having worked as a sous-chef for a few restaurants while in college, he considered going to culinary school. After some research, though, he decided to pursue food science.
Aficionados use words like “oaky” to describe some wines, or “hoppy” when talking about certain beers. But for rum—a product with over 1,000 different varieties—putting the words together to describe what imbibers are smelling and tasting is a bit more difficult.
Honeybees are smarter than people may realize.
They can do a dance to tell the others where they’ve found pollen. When the hive gets too populated, the queen takes a group and leaves to start a new colony, and the ones left behind know when their queen is gone and get busy choosing an egg to create into a new queen.
Interacting with food is an incredibly sensual experience. One might imagine the smell of an oven roast, or picture an oozing chocolate lava cake, maybe even hear the crunch of a stale baguette. But what happens when you lose your sense of smell and taste?
Anosmia is a disorder where one loses their ability to smell. There are various forms of this unfortunate disorder: Congenital anosmia is when someone is unable to smell at birth, and hyposmia describes the diminishing sense of smell that develops over time. Our senses of smell and taste are interdependent, so if you lose one of these senses, you lose the other one too.