Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter

Here is a little inside scoop of what us students learn here at the CIA. Oh yeah, this place looks pretty sweet too!The other day in class, we put a little bit of Sensory science into practice and undertook a flavor balancing exercise.Take 2 Jelly Belly jelly beans (their from Fairfield, CA. Sustainability!), a slice of cantaloupe, and a leaf of radicchio.

Play with adding salt, sugar, lime juice, and even cayenne pepper on both the cantaloupe and the radicchio. It is amazing how your palate can be manipulated when you play with the 5 basic tastes. To test your olfactory system (smelling!), take one of the ultra premium Jelly Belly jelly beans and begin chewing it while holding your nose. Immediately, you get a bit of an unrecognizeable diluted sweet taste. Then you release your nose, and your retronasal passage kicks in and all the sudden you are tasting Strawberry Daiquiri. Amazing are the human senses!

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